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Welcome to the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association Website!!

Mara is located at 1200 South Trade St
In Matthews, NC 28105

@Arthur Goodman Park
We Are Not a Public Park
Mailing Address
PO Box 1023
Matthews, NC 28106

MARA Concession 704-847-0177
From 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
Only During Spring & Fall Seasons

Lost and Found Is Located near Main Concession in the Breezeway in front of the Restrooms

Mara is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization
All Donations Made to Mara areTax Deductible

We are a family oriented volunteer organization that provides a fun environment, quality facilities, expert instruction, and the highest level of coaching to ensure every child has an enjoyable learning experience with the opportunity to reach their full potential.   We realize that the success of any organization requires various leaders at all levels. We certainly could not operate or be successful without the endless commitment of all administrators, coaches, volunteers, and you, the valued members of the organization.

We hope this website will provide useful and valuable info for all MARA sports. We provide current key contacts, schedules and tournaments for the upcoming or current seasons. Please be sure to visit regularly to get the latest updates.  Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association is an equal opportunity organization.

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MARA Opening Day Recap and Parking Reminders
MARA Members-   We hope that you all enjoyed...
Register Now for Spring Track
 MARA Athletics has partnered with An Athletes Dream to...
Exclusive MARA Promotional Opportunity with Vector Security
Now Open - Online MARA Spiritwear Store
MARA's Spiritwear Store is now open online, with local pick-up, at...
Savings with Land O'Frost for MARA Members
Support the brand that supports MARA. Click the logo or link below...
Registration for Spring Tackle Rugby Now Open
Hello MARA Families, Registration is now open for SPRING TACKLE...
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR   MARA is pleased to announce...
Grand Slam 2016-17 Training Programs
Grand Slam USA's 2016-17 Training Programs Are Here...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
Parking And Trade Street Widening Update
  Parking and Construction Info   Trade Street...
Park Rules
NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park NO    ...
Map Of Mara Fields
MARA Members,   Due to a large number of occurrences of other...
Chesney Glen Parking Issue
MARA Members: I hope everyone is enjoying the season! Thank...
Vehicle Parking On Sidewalk
Mara Members: We received an email from Chief Rob Hunter of...
What Your Mara Fees Cover
What does my registration fee include?  Regular season games,...
Park Security Information
Dear MARA Families,   In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews...
Lost and Found 704-847-0177
Lost and Found is Located in the breezeway in front of the restrooms...
Lightning Warning System
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
MARA Opening Day Recap and Parking Reminders

MARA Members-


We hope that you all enjoyed the Opening Day activities this past Saturday, March 25th.  The weather cooperated, and we managed to get every scheduled game completed in baseball, softball and flag football.  It was a day filled with fun for every young athlete and their families.  Here is a recap of the day’s activities:


·         30 baseball, 10 softball and 24 flag football games were played

·         Cheerleaders cheered at Flag games.

·         Sponsors threw out first pitches and were recognized at all baseball games

·         Pictures were taken for baseball families

·         Harry the Happy Dragon from Harris Teeter made his rounds at the park and threw out a first pitch

·         We had Lil’ Orbits Doughnut truck

·         Axtion Photo was there taking photographs of our young athletes in action

·         WFAN was there and broadcast the Schaeffer Baseball Report from our park.  Our President, Dave Ulrich and President-Elect, Jim Warfield were on the air.  Look for a link to the broadcast to be shared soon.

·         Flag Football had a t-shirt giveaway

·         The Great Backyard Place had an outdoor living display.  They generously donated 4 Breezesta Adirondack chairs to the park!  Look for those overlooking field 4, and take good care of them if you use them. 

·         We had a raffle that raised $400 for MARA.  Congratulations to our Winners:


Gift Card to McAllister’s Deli - Mary

Gift Card to City Barbeque - Lisa

Gift Certificate to Dick’s - Camille

Gatorade Cooler - Jackie

Chevrolet Hitting Net - Sarah


Overall it was a spectacular day at the park.


Parking Reminders:

As you saw, parking was a challenge with the volume that we saw come through the park on Saturday.  We do not anticipate the same volume as opening day each and every week, but we need your help to control the parking flow and challenges that we face.  Please review the reminders below, and do your part to help make MARA a pleasant experience for everyone.


·         Please try to limit your family to ONE car per family.

·         Please park within the marked parking space lines, and be sure to leave room for adjacent spaces.

·         Please DO Not block in other cars.  Be sure cars within the vicinity of yours are able to get out after you park.

·         Please DO NOT park on one way road, White Dear Trail at the entrance to our parking lot.

·         Please avoid parking along Chaphyn Ln, but if you do, please stay off homeowners lawns.

·         Overflow parking is available in the church parking lot across Trade Street.

·         Finally, DO NOT leave cars in the parking lot overnight.  The park gates are locked at 10pm nightly.  Cars remaining in the lot will be towed at the owners expense. 



As always, thank you for choosing MARA as your provider of youth sports for your young athlete. We could not be successful without our amazing membership, hundreds of volunteers, and our generous sponsors.  We look forward to a great 2017 Spring Sports Season.


Dave Ulrich

MARA President – 2017

by posted 03/27/2017
Register Now for Spring Track
 MARA Athletics has partnered with An Athletes Dream to develop a Track program that focuses on the LONG TERM by teaching proper 
running forms and techniques to be a successful athlete.  This is EXCELLENT cross training for other sports. 
Our program’s primary focus is improving athleticism and confidence through specific performance-training systems and 
progressive development in a Track program.
Practices Include: Dynamic warm ups and proper stretching techniques, specialized training
and conditioning for each event, proper form exercises per event, and introducing proper
nutrition and hydration for a successful season.
Goals: Teaching young runners proper technique and running form, and to instill in them the
confidence, good sportsmanship, and athletic skills that make up a successful and
accomplished Track athlete.
Our Track and Field Program coaches young athletes proper technique/mechanics in the following areas:
• Speed
• Conditioning
• Running/Jumping Form
• Leadership Skills
• Character building
Measures of Success
• Measured progression and the ability to help all track athletes from ages 7-14 improve overall athleticism.
• Great coaching that promotes instructional practices in a fun environment.
Register @ www.marasports.org and click on the Track Tab
Boys & Girls Ages 7-15
MARA Track and Field
Weather Disclaimer:   Track is an outdoor sport and very much subject to the elements.  MARA Track will NOT practice in moderate to heavy rain in order to avoid unnecessary risk to our athletes.  We will make every effort to notify parents by e-mail no later than 3:00 PM the day of practice if we believe it will be necessary to cancel practice on Tuesdays and by 8:00 AM on Saturdays.  All efforts will be made to schedule a make-up practice for any that have been canceled due to weather. 

by posted 03/22/2017
Exclusive MARA Promotional Opportunity with Vector Security





If link does not work, visit maracapitalfund.com


by posted 03/10/2017
Now Open - Online MARA Spiritwear Store

MARA's Spiritwear Store is now open online, with local pick-up, at http://yourcustomexpress.com/Mara 

for baseball & softball

Other services available: personalization on hats, bat bags, and all MARA shirts can have name and/or number on back!

Your order will be ready for pick up in 7 days from the time your order is placed. All orders are to be picked up at 10020 Monroe Road, Matthews, NC 28105 (shopping center next door to City Barbeque and across the street from Galleria Walmart)


We do not keep inventory as all orders are produced as they are placed.

Samples are available to view at Custom Express' retail store, 10020 Monroe Rd, Matthews, 9am - 6pm, Mon - Fri.

Check back weekly as new items will be added! MARA Colts Football & Cheer sections coming soon.....

If you have any questions, please email MARASpiritwear@gmail.com 


by posted 02/28/2017
Savings with Land O'Frost for MARA Members

Support the brand that supports MARA.

Click the logo or link below for a special offer from LAND O'FROST, one of our current sponsors. 

IMPORTANT: Under the drop down menu at www.landofrost.com/youthsports

select Charlotte as the area and Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association as the league.



Land O'Frost is a third generation, family-owned business, specializing in Great Tasting Lunchmeat and More! They have been a supporter of not just our organization but hundreds of other youth sports programs across the nation. Their generosity is helping to keep children involved in positive character-building activities.


**This offer will be also posted at www.MARASports.org


by posted 02/23/2017
Registration for Spring Tackle Rugby Now Open

Hello MARA Families,

Registration is now open for SPRING TACKLE RUGBY for players in 2nd-8th grades.  The Spring Season will run from mid-March through the end of May.

You can register for the Spring Tackle Rugby Season by going to our information and registration page:  http://charlotte-junior-rugby-association.siplay.com/site/

Please, select Matthews Mustangs from the list of team choices.  MARA rugby practice is Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.  Game days are on Saturdays. 

MARA Rugby is the 3-time state champions at the U14 level and runners up at U12 and U10.   Players new to rugby are WELCOME - our USA Rugby certified coaching staff has great experience in growing novice players into rugby champions!

For more information, please contact 

by posted 01/20/2017



MARA is pleased to announce Monique Brooks as our new sponsorship Director.

You may recognize the Brooks’ name. They are very active MARA members participating in baseball, football, Steve is our Babe Ruth Commissioner and a baseball coach. Monique brings a wealth of advertising knowledge and networking skills to our organization.

If you are a potential sponsor or know of someone or a business who may be a good fit to sponsor MARA please reach out to Monique, 980-297-1308 or .

Either way please congratulate Monique on her new endeavor.

by posted 11/02/2016
Grand Slam 2016-17 Training Programs
Grand Slam USA's 2016-17 Training Programs Are Here & Registration Has Already Started!
The 2016-17 Fall/Winter Lineup is here, and registration has already started!  Baseball & FastPitch classes begin in October & run through February every 4 weeks.  Check out our website for the class schedules & pricing @ www.grandslamusa.org to register.  Class size is limited.  Grand Slam USA is the #1 Teaching Facility in Charlotte! 
Rookie Development
Youth Hitting
Catchers Specialty
FastPitch Hitting
FastPitch Pitching
Holiday Camps
Charlotte's largest selection of equipment in one shop!  Individual Instruction, Classes, Clinics & Holiday Camps.
  704-847-5333 - GRAND SLAM USA - 704-847-5333

by Mara Baseball posted 10/05/2016
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016
Parking And Trade Street Widening Update


Parking and Construction Info


Trade Street Widening

We have another season of road construction in front of the park.  For the next 6 to 8 weeks Sealand Contracting will have traffic diverted to the lanes farthest MARA and the lane closest closed while they work on utilities, sidewalks and paving.  The entrance to the upper parking lot by fields 1, 12 and 13 will be temporarily relocated several times during this time frame as the contractors work in that area.  Please drive carefully and pay attention to the changing entrances and traffic patterns.  Unfortunately the ongoing construction will continue have an impact on our amount of parking and traffic in and around the park.  We’ve tried hard to limit the impact by spacing games/practices throughout the week/weekend and staggering start times as well as laying out and striping the lot.  Please carpool whenever possible and try to limit the number vehicles parked at MARA to one per family.  We appreciate your patience as we try to make the best of a difficult situation.


Speed Limit

Please remember that the speed limit in the parking lot is restricted to 5 mph. The limit is purposely low due to the high number of little children we have at the park who might unintentionally dash out between parked cars in their enthusiasm to get to the fields.


If you see someone who is exceeding the safe speed limit, please politely remind them that the limit is 5 mphs and that is to help ensure the safety of our kids.



We would like to remind our membership to be mindful of how and where you park. We understand that parking can be problematic at times but we need our members to ensure the cars around your car are able to exit easily.


So please remember the following –

  • If you have a problem or someone else has a problem being boxed in, please report your issue to the staff at the main concession stand. They will contact a MARA administrator who will help to find the offending owner or will call Williams Wrecker as a final option.


  • If you observe someone parking in a manner that is inappropriate, please be comfortable pointing it out to them politely.


  • Please be considerate of the handicap parking spaces and do not park there unless you have the proper tags; MARA administrators may contact Williams Wrecker to remove vehicles that are not properly tagged as handicap.  We have several members and family members that require access to these spaces.


  • Most importantly, we need everyone’s help ensuring the access to the gates by the football, softball and baseball fields. The football gate is on the side of the parking lot nearest the dumpsters.


  • These gates allow emergency vehicles to access the fields and cannot be blocked.


We thank you all again for your cooperation and support and will provide updates as necessary.


Thank you,


MARA Board of Directors

by posted 03/09/2016
Park Rules

NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park

NO     Inappropriate  Use OF Language

NO     Handguns Or Weapons Of Any Kind

NO     Drugs Allowed In the Park

NO     Alcoholic Beverages

NO     Tobacco Use Of Any Kind (cigarettes, vaporizers, chewing tobacco, etc.)

NO     Bicycles

NO     Motorized Bikes, Go Carts, ATV'S OR Scooters

NO     Skateboards, Hoverboards, Roller blades, or Roller Skates

NO     RC/ Airplanes, Model Rockets  

NO     Fireworks

NO     Kicking or Batting Balls Into Fences

NO     Climbing Fences Or Trees

NO     Climbing On Buildings Or Roofs

NO     Parking on Sidewalks (Matthews Police will ticket



Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.


Mara Is A Privately Owned And Operated Complex. It Is Not A Public Park. Use of Fields Are For Association Members Only.  Unauthorized Use Of This Property Will Be Viewed As Trespassing.  Violators Will Be Prosecuted For Any Of The Above.     


by posted 03/07/2016
Map Of Mara Fields

by posted 04/08/2014

MARA Members,
Due to a large number of occurrences of other members’ cars being boxed in, we are being forced to contract with Williams Wrecker towing company in order to tow any car that has boxed in another member’s car.
We understand that parking can be problematic at times but the instances we’ve seen in the last few weeks seem to be more around lack of awareness and not taking a few minutes to ensure the cars around you have a way of exiting their spots. Just this past weekend we had a situation that could have turned into a medical emergency as a result of a member’s elderly grandparent being stuck out in the sun and not able to leave for more than 90 minutes due to being boxed in.
During the week of April 29
th we will begin posting signs around the parking lots to ensure there is awareness of this need. Once all the signs are in, we will begin towing the situation arises. If your car is towed, you will need to contact Williams Wrecker (704) at 847-9309 to retrieve your vehicle from their facility on Industrial Drive in Matthews. There will be a fee of at least $120.
We apologize for having to take this action but out of consideration towards our membership, we feel this is the right action to take. Please use this weekend to start looking around after you park to ensure the cars around you are able to exit.

The MARA Board

by posted 09/01/2013
Chesney Glen Parking Issue

MARA Members:

I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding our crowded parking lot during the busy fall season. We are hoping to have 40 additional parking spaces on the MARA complex in early 2014 or sooner.

The Mathews Police Department has notified us that anyone parking in the Chesney Glen Subdivision must do so in a fashion that does not impede traffic or visibility into and out of the neighborhood. In addition, anyone parking in front of a residence must stay on the road and not in a yard without blocking access into a driveway.

Any improper parking issue within the Chesney Glen Subdivision can result in a citation and/or towing of a vehicle(s).  


by posted 09/01/2013
Vehicle Parking On Sidewalk
Mara Members:

We received an email from Chief Rob Hunter of the Matthews Police Department asking me to communicate to parents & coaches that when parking in the front parking lot (closest to South Trade Street), vehicles 
SHOULD NOT PARK on the Sidewalk.  There are many citizens who use that sidewalk, including parents pushing strollers, and over the past few weeks, he has observed several vehicles either pulling (straight in parking) to far on to the sidewalk and some (parking parallel) parking half on the side walk and half on the gravel.

He knows it is Mara's desire to be 'good neighbors', and he does not want to have to issue $50 parking fines, but his officers will have to to this if violations continue.

Kathy Duncan
Mara Administrative Assistant

by posted 09/01/2013
What Your Mara Fees Cover
What does my registration fee include?
  •  Regular season games, plus post-season games
  • Team practices and use of MARA facilities 
  • Uniforms
  • Umpires
  • Insurance (thru MARA) for your child
  • Field Maintenance
  • Electricity for the field lights
  • Team equipment
  • MARA Membership
  • Miscellaneous – MARA is an approximately 25-acre park maintained fully by your membership dollars and donations; MARA is not funded by any municipality; every dollar goes towards the park. Financial statements are available upon request.

by posted 06/24/2013
Park Security Information
Dear MARA Families,
In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association the finest youth sports organization in the area, we are making several improvements and additions to our park security. These features will protect the organizations assets as well as providing an extra level of safety to you and your children.
First and foremost, many of you may have already noticed the security gates at the park entrance at the stoplight. These gates are currently locked open to allow everyone time to adjust to seeing them. We will begin utilizing these gates on a daily basis on Friday, October 21, 2011. The Board of Directors has adopted Park Hours that will be enforced. The new park hours are as follows:

            Monday – Friday: Park opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm
            Saturday: Park opens at 7:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm
            Sunday: Park opens at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm
There will be numerous signs posted around the park grounds stating the new hours as well as being posted on the MARA website.
During the Winter months (Mid-November through Mid-February) the gates will remain closed on most days as our primary field sports, baseball, softball and football; are off season. During summer months, the weekday hours will adjust to an 8:00 am opening to allow for All Star team practices and to accommodate the numerous summer camps held at MARA.
The upper parking lot will not be gated and will be open year round for MARA members to park and utilize the park grounds during operating hours when the main gates are locked during the Winter.
Our second measure of security is the installation of video surveillance cameras for the park grounds and property. We have a number of cameras that are being installed and will record 24 hours a day to provide video evidence for vandalism, theft and other crimes.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful organization and supporting the new security enhancements to the park!
by posted 03/12/2013
Lost and Found 704-847-0177

Lost and Found is Located in the breezeway in front of the restrooms near the Main Concessions. Check There Before You Call. They are open from 6:00PM to 8:30pm During the Week and from 9AM to 3pm on Saturday During the Spring and Fall Season. 704-847-0177

by webmaster posted 03/06/2012
Lightning Warning System


Safety of the players, spectators, and officials is our main concern at MARA
No weather event is more dangerous than lightning. Because of this
threat, we have installed the Thorguard Lightning Prediction System.
This system can provide advance warning of a lightning hazard, allowing
you the time to seek shelter. The system continually monitors and
evaluates the electrostatic atmosphere and predicts the probability
of a lightning hazard in the immediatearea of our facility.
You will be alerted by one loud horn blast that will last 15 seconds.
Upon hearing the horns, everyone should seek shelter immediately.
When this occurs, strobe lights located on the top of the horns
will activate and remain active while under a weather alert.
Every attempt should be made to seek shelter in a safe environment like a permanent building or car. The Thorguard system will determine when conditions are safe to return. Three 5-second blasts will indicate that all is clear and the strobe lights will cease operation.
Athletic Fields & Bleachers
Open Areas
Field Lighting Poles
Isolated Trees
High Elevation
Questions regarding Weather and Field Conditions contact
Mara Weather Line: 704-845-6337 or your Commissioners.


by posted 09/05/2008
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