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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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Park Closed Today Wednesday May 24th
05/24/2017
Mara Members:   Due to significant wet conditions, continued...
Is It Time For Your Car To Have An Oil Change?
05/22/2017
Is it time for your car to have an oil change? Tires rotated and...
FREE Haircut @ Sport Clips McKee Farms
05/12/2017
Coupon can be either shown on phone or printed. 
We Need You - Chevy Youth Baseball Test-Drive Program
05/11/2017
  Help earn $500 for Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association...
Savings with Land O'Frost for MARA Members
05/08/2017
Support the brand that supports MARA. Click the logo or link below...
2017 Mara All Star Teams Annuounced
05/08/2017
6U – All Stars Jacob Angelon         Ryan...
Grand Slam Summer Baseball Day Camps
05/07/2017
Grand Slam USA Summer Baseball Day Camps   An...
Register NOW For Summer Track
05/02/2017
Mara Members: Our summer track program is now open for registration.  Summer...
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts Exclusively for MARA Members
04/27/2017
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts Exclusively for MARA Members     Kids...
Registration for Spring Tackle Rugby Now Open
01/20/2017
Hello MARA Families, Registration is now open for SPRING TACKLE...
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
11/02/2016
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR   MARA is pleased to announce...
Grand Slam 2016-17 Training Programs
10/05/2016
Grand Slam USA's 2016-17 Training Programs Are Here...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
09/19/2016
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
Parking And Trade Street Widening Update
03/09/2016
  Parking and Construction Info   Trade Street...
Park Rules
03/07/2016
NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park NO    ...
Map Of Mara Fields
04/08/2014
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ
09/01/2013
MARA Members,   Due to a large number of occurrences of other...
Chesney Glen Parking Issue
09/01/2013
MARA Members: I hope everyone is enjoying the season! Thank...
Vehicle Parking On Sidewalk
09/01/2013
Mara Members: We received an email from Chief Rob Hunter of...
What Your Mara Fees Cover
06/24/2013
What does my registration fee include?  Regular season games,...
Park Security Information
03/12/2013
Dear MARA Families,   In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews...
Lost and Found 704-847-0177
03/06/2012
Lost and Found is Located in the breezeway in front of the restrooms...
Lightning Warning System
09/05/2008
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
 
Park Closed Today Wednesday May 24th

Mara Members:

 

Due to significant wet conditions, continued rain and the tornado watch that is in effect until 6:00 pm, the park will be CLOSED today Wednesday May 24th.  All games and practices will be rescheduled and makeup dates will be communicated by coaches.  Please keep your family safe and thank you for being part of the MARA Family.

Mara Grounds Crew

 


by posted 05/24/2017
Is It Time For Your Car To Have An Oil Change?

Is it time for your car to have an oil change? Tires rotated and balanced? Do you need new windshield wiper blades? Did you know that our league’s sponsoring dealership, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, can service all makes and models?

 

Before you hit the road for Memorial Day, please stop by Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet to have your car’s routine maintenance needs taken care of. Then, while you’re there waiting for your vehicle to be serviced, please ask the staff to let you take a test drive to benefit MARA - Matthews Athletic Recreation Association through the Chevy Youth Baseball program.

 

For each test drive taken, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet will donate $25 to MARA through June 30, while supplies last. This support is in addition to the baseball equipment and monetary donation Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet has already provided through the Chevy Youth Baseball program.

 

We need 20 league supporters to complete test drives so we can earn the full $500 available, so we hope we can count on your help!

 

Once your test drive has been completed, it must be validated to count towards our fundraising goal! Please ask the staff at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet for the test drive validation key code, which you’ll need to type in at www.Chevrolet.com/Experience in order for your drive to count! If you are not given the validation key code, please reach out to me at msbrooks4@carolina.rr.com

 

Thank you!


by posted 05/22/2017
FREE Haircut @ Sport Clips McKee Farms

Coupon can be either shown on phone or printed. 


by posted 05/12/2017
We Need You - Chevy Youth Baseball Test-Drive Program

 

Help earn $500 for Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association by taking a TEST DRIVE at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet!

We are pleased to announce that MARA has partnered with Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet through its Chevy Youth Baseball program. This program will provide our league with new equipment, instructional opportunities as well as monetary support.  

Location: Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet

Address: 5101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28212

**AFTER YOUR TEST DRIVE**: Email Nikki Potter at  your name and email address for MARA to receive CREDIT. 

When visiting the dealership, please mention you are looking to support MARA through the Chevy Youth Baseball test-drive fundraiser program.  At the programs end, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet will provide MARA with a check for the total number of validated test drives.  

Now until June 30, 2017


From now to June 30, 2017, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet is providing $25 to MARA for each eligible Chevrolet test drive completed at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, up to a maximum of $500. For more information about MARA visit www.MARASports.org. Additional sponsorship will be made upon redemption of validation code, provided by dealership, by the consumer at Chevrolet.com/experience

 


by posted 05/11/2017
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.

www.landofrost.com/youthsports

 

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 05/08/2017
2017 Mara All Star Teams Annuounced

6U – All Stars

Jacob Angelon        

Ryan Bialecki      

Barret Brett             

Alex Diaz      

Brayden Gohil    

Charlie Heffernan      

Tyler Hickman                      

Dawson Long          

Timothy Nieder     

Brooks Quick  

David Scott             

Nathan Tarr            



Head Coach – Joe Angelon

Assistant Coach – Jose Diaz

Assistant Coach – Brett Hickman

 

7U – All Stars

Chase Biermann

Ethan Cavan

Michael Ferro

Knox Goodyear

Brooks Griffith

Griffin Maloney

Aiden Matzke

Reece McIlveen

Dylan McLaughlin

Maverick Nelson

Dean Scofield

Fynn Tolley

 

Head Coach – Eric Biermann

Assistant Coach – Lance Matzke

Assistant Coach – Rick McLaughlin

 

8U – All Stars

Calan Cooper

Beckett Denton

Brian Devereaux

Ryan Grabowski

Leyton Guhl

Jaxon Haynes

Jake Janowicz

Joey Peltz

Alfred Seaman

Greyson Sheaffer

James Sturgis

Matthew Winser

 

Head Coach – Ed Winser

Assistant Coach – Kevin Grabowski

Assistant Coach – Ed Janowicz

 

9U – All Stars

Ryan Cox

Brandon Creech

Jackson Debe

Keegan Grimm

Jack Gullickson

Isiah Hester

Kyle Krohler

Spencer Powell

Luca Reyner

Hudson Shoup

Caden Tarr

William Taylor 

 

Head Coach – Luca Reyner

Assistant Coach – Kevin Cox

Assistant Coach – Preston Taylor

 

10U – All Stars

Ethan Ahern

Ethan Andujar

Jackson Coble

Brode Dixon

Drew Fletcher

Robert Jackson

Trevin Jones

Vincent Keller

Matthew Lo

Eric West

Caden Wielechowski

Joey White

 

 

Head Coach – Anthony Andujar

Assistant Coach – Kenny Coble

Assistant Coach – Jason West

 

11U – All Stars

Daniel Abbott

Cole Beck

Neil Griffin

Alex Koulovatos

Robert Mack

Jake McCoy

Jayden Osorio

Brennan Ryan

Nick Segarra

Hudson Shoudy

Grant Simpson

Bo Witherspoon

 

Head Coach – Brandon Witherspoon

Assistant Coach – Chad Griffin

Assistant Coach – Bob Mack

 

12U – All Stars

Luke Alexander

Peyton Creech

Kalen Cruz

Max Hunt

Jacob Koch

Gentry Otero

Cole Penotti

Jack Ryan

Weston Shoudy

Ole Swenson

Zach Vigre

Ashton Wolfe

 

Head Coach – Andy Hunt

Assistant Coach – Brian Alexander

Assistant Coach – Chad Bost

 

 

 


by posted 05/08/2017
Grand Slam Summer Baseball Day Camps

Grand Slam USA

Summer Baseball

Day Camps

 

An instructional baseball day camp offered for players of all skill levels ages 5-12.  Players are grouped by age and work on all aspects of the game.  The morning sessions consist of individual instruction and drills designed to develop personal skills.  Afternoon sessions are devoted to instructional scrimmages & development of team based skills.  Professional / MLB Group Leaders, HS Coaches & Collegiate Players are combined to provide your child with an enjoyable camp experience.  Grand Slam USA's Baseball Camp is Charlotte's first & longest running baseball camp!

 

Total cost $215.00  9AM-2PM each day

Cost includes: instruction, camp t-shirt and camper evaluation.        

All camps held @ MARA in Matthews, NC.  Sibling & multiple camp discounts available! 

Registration forms are available online @ www.grandslamusa.org

 

June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug. 7-11

Grand Slam USA

10715 Independence Pointe Parkway

Matthews, NC 28105 - 704.847.5333

“Teaching Baseball Is Our Business


by posted 05/07/2017
Register NOW For Summer Track

Mara Members:

Our summer track program is now open for registration. 

Summer session -- Tuesday, May 16 until Saturday, June 24
Practice times -- Tuesdays 6-7 pm and Saturdays 9-10:30 am
 

You can register at http://www.marasports.org then just click on Track at the top of the page and then register.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Tania Erman

Mara Track Commissioner


by posted 05/02/2017
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts Exclusively for MARA Members

Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts Exclusively for MARA Members

 

 

Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays 5-9 pm at all McAlister's Deli locations. Purchase of an adult entree is required.

*One free kids meal per adult entree. Dine in only.

 

 

 

Wear your MARA logo apparel and get 10% of your food at Queen City Q. Also, kids eat for a BUCK ($1.00) on Mondays!

Pick up a Q Family Pack and spend some quality time around your table….feed four for only $29.95.  Call 704-334-8437 or visit www.queencityq.com for more details.

 

 

Wear your MARA uniform every Saturday during the spring season to Nothing But Noodles and receive a FREE kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal.

*One free kids meal per adult meal

 

Please help support MARA's other restaurant sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 


by posted 04/27/2017
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
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

 

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
Pitching
FastPitch Hitting
FastPitch Pitching
Holiday Camps
 
www.grandslamusa.org
 
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.
Lightning
 

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.

 

Parking

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

           YOU!)

 

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
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ

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.
 
Regards,

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


WEATHER 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.
  
ALWAYS AVOID THE FOLLOWING:   
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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