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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 Use of our Park is For Mara Members Only!!
Mailing Address
PO Box 1023
Matthews, NC 28106

 
Concession Hours: 
Monday-Thursday 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am-6pm
*Hours are subject to change based on field usage or weather conditions*
Sundays HoursTBD by scheduled tournaments
 
Proudly serving Coke products and Domino's pizza
Our Main concession stand takes credit/debit cards AND ApplePay! ($3 minimum)
Small stand is cash only
 

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

 You can call this number during Concession Hours to check for lost and found 704-847-0177

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.

 

HEADLINES  Subscribe to Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association RSS news feed.
Fall Softball Registration Update
07/08/2018
The Spring 2018 recreational softball season came to a successful...
Next Generation Baseball July Camps - Register Now
07/06/2018
  July Summer Camps @ MARA    Here are...
MARA Dance Company Registration Open to Boys and Girls Ages 5-19
05/23/2018
MARA Dance Company registration is now open to boys and girls ages...
Football Camps and Sign ups!!!
05/14/2018
Hi Mara Colts families, Believe it or not, it’s almost that...
Why Should Your Child Attend MARA Baseball Summer Camp?
05/09/2018
Parents, there are three reasons why you should...
Fight Mosquitoes & Help MARA with Queen Bee Mosquito Control
05/05/2018
Our new sponsor Queen Bee Mosquito Control will donate $10 back to...
Next Generation Baseball Summer Camps - Register Now!!
03/26/2018
  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  
Park Rules
03/23/2018
Mara Members: Lately we are having  problem with...
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts for MARA Members
03/10/2018
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts for MARA Members     Come...
Volleyball
02/28/2018
MARA Members,  We are pleased to announce that we have...
Check Out MARA Featured in LeagueSide's Video for HomeAway
02/19/2018
MARA was featured in LeagueSide's youth sports sponsorship campaign...
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM
09/01/2017
Dear MARA Families, Please do not leave your car in the parking...
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System
06/04/2017
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
09/19/2016
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
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,...
 
Fall Softball Registration Update

by posted 07/08/2018
Next Generation Baseball July Camps - Register Now

 

July Summer Camps @ MARA 

 

Here are what folks had to say about our June camps:

"My son absolutely loved the camp. The coaches were outstanding!"

"It was great! My son loved it! He wants to return in July."

"My son couldn't say enough great things about camp."

"My son learned so much this week. I think this was a wonderful experience and instruction was individualized to different experience levels."

 

REGISTER NOW - spots are filling up fast!

 

Level 1 Camp

Ages 6-8 - $175

Session 2: July 16-19

 

Level 2 Camp

Ages 9-12 - $225

Session 2: July 23-26

 

Players will be grouped based upon their age & skill level.

 

 *FREE camp t-shirt and a swag bag!*

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


by posted 07/06/2018
MARA Dance Company Registration Open to Boys and Girls Ages 5-19

MARA Dance Company registration is now open to boys and girls ages 5-19.

 

Register by May 31 and receive $50 OFF YOUR REGISTRATION FEE! Click here to go to the registration page. 

 

If you have any questions about the Dance program, please contact Sidra at 

 


by posted 05/23/2018
Football Camps and Sign ups!!!
Hi Mara Colts families,

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again.  Football camps are starting soon and the season is right around the corner.
 
MARA has a couple of Football camps coming up this spring and summer. These are great opportunities to improve skills, conditioning, and have some fun. 
 
1) Brian Hales Champions Camp - June 7-9
This is a great camp led by Brian Hales the head coach of the Butler High School Bulldogs. There will be specific training for positions and a lot of fun for all the kids. Sign up soon as this is fast approaching. 
 
2) MARA Tackling Clinic - July 30-31
Another great camp teaching the fundamentals of tackling. It will concentrate on Rugby style tackling, a safer better way to tackle, and is taught by our local rugby coaches with the Charlotte Junior Rugby League. 
 
 
Lastly, Football signups are open now. We’d love to have some early signups so we can better plan the teams and season. Also please talk to your son’s friends about signing up, one big way we can ensure a good season is with a larger team and pool of kids.  Signups for Football can be found here, http://maracoltsfootball.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=&org=AGE.MARACOLTSFOOTBALL.COM&cat=Tackle+Football
 
I look forward to seeing you this summer and please let me know if you have any questions. 
 
Go Colts!
Coach Budd

by posted 05/14/2018
Why Should Your Child Attend MARA Baseball Summer Camp?

Parents, there are three reasons why you should send your child to MARA’s Next Generation Baseball summer camps:

 

1) More importantly, How do you know your child is receiving the proper coaching?

2) The Next Generation Baseball camp will build leadership and team building skills along with it being a ton of fun!

3) MARA is raising funds to improve our complex. These additional camp dollars allows us to keep the registration fees lower and offer a quality rec program.

 

Most all baseball programs have good volunteer parents coaching, but each coach is limited with a certain baseball skill set. So when you hear a coach say:

  1. Raise your elbow and step into the ball or
  2. Slow down your pitching delivery and just throw strikes (like throwing a dart) or
  3. Clinch your fist when running or
  4. Squash the bug or
  5. Alligator position when catching the ball or
  6. Chock up on bat and make contact

How do you know these approaches are right for your child?  Two of the above actions can have negative ramifications on your child's baseball development. Do you know which one? Does your child know? Why practice the wrong techniques? Learn the proper form from an expert and then you can reinforce these practices moving forward.

 

True Example this year:

 

AA player named Timmy. Good kid, not the best athlete on the team. Tries real hard and loved playing T-ball. Timmy moves up to AA machine pitch and can't hit. Parents, kid and coaches are frustrated. Parents ask other parents, i.e., what do you think the problem is? Parents give advice. Coaches continue to tell Timmy to watch the ball, etc...Timmy continues not to hit. Timmy and his parents are confused and not sure which advice to follow.

 

Mommy takes Timmy to see Noah Hall (MARA Camp Director). Noah instructs Timmy & Mom to keep his feet from moving in the batters box. For when his feet move, his head moves. When his head moves, he misses the ball. Both come away with renewed confidence. Timmy's next game he goes 3 for 3 and his first hit is a Triple. Timmy wants to continue to play baseball and is having fun!

 

Finally, the reason our camp is going to be a great experience is because of Noah Hall. He's a special person and kids love working with him. Noah is a former professional (NY Yankee and Boston Red Sox) coach. He loves teaching and working with kids. It’s hard to put those attributes in a camp flyer!

 

If you have any questions about our 6-8 year old level one camp or 9-12 year old level two camp, please email  .

 

Sign-up for MARA Next Generation Baseball camp at WWW.MARASPORTS.ORG under the baseball tab or CLICK HERE! 


by posted 05/09/2018
Fight Mosquitoes & Help MARA with Queen Bee Mosquito Control

Our new sponsor Queen Bee Mosquito Control will donate $10 back to MARA for every treatment purchased. See below for details.

Or CLICK HERE


by posted 05/05/2018
Next Generation Baseball Summer Camps - Register Now!!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 


by posted 03/26/2018
Park Rules

Mara Members:

Lately we are having  problem with families bringing their dogs to games and practices. Mara does not allow dogs in the Park. Please review our park rules before coming to the Park. This is for your safety and the safety of all members.

 

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 or access road that connects our park with the Courtney Neighborhood (Matthews Police will ticket YOU!

  

Please do not park in the Concession Managers spot she has to unload supplies and needs to park near concessions 

Park at you own risk Mara is not responsible for your  vehicle or you property.

 

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 03/23/2018
Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts for MARA Members

Free Kids Meals & Dining Discounts for MARA Members

 

 

Come out on Mondays and get a kids meal including a drink for $4.00. Offer valid from 4:00 pm until close. 2 kids meals allowed per (1) adult entree purchased. 

 

 

Wear your MARA uniform every Saturday during the spring & fall seasons 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 03/10/2018
Volleyball

MARA Members, 



We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with PEAK Volleyball, and can now offer a MARA Volleyball program for athletes that are interested in playing Volleyball. In 2017, PEAK offered MARA members two free Volleyball clinics, and then had two MARA teams formed in the Winter season. We are happy to continue offer to our membership the opportunity to register for the PEAK Volleyball league and represent as MARA teams. The Spring season runs from 3/7-5/2. Sessions for MARA athletes are Wednesdays from 5-6pm at the Indian Trail location. Players will be trained by certified coaches, and have the opportunity to compete against other teams in the area. 



Please use the link below for further information and registration:




http://www.carolinacourts.com/page/show/3354953-peak-volleyball-recreational-programs-at-indian-trail 
 


by posted 02/28/2018
Check Out MARA Featured in LeagueSide's Video for HomeAway

MARA was featured in LeagueSide's youth sports sponsorship campaign for HomeAway! You can check it out here:

 

 

Or visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tFna81DB-A

 

MARA thanks HomeAway for supporting youth sports!


by posted 02/19/2018
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM

Dear MARA Families,

Please do not leave your car in the parking lot as we like to lock the gate at 10pm.  Your car could be subject to be locked in and you would not be able to get it until the following day. Thank you for your coorporation on this. 
 
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 September 1, 2017. 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 09/01/2017
Just a Reminder 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 06/04/2017
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
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
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