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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.

 

 

HEADLINES  Subscribe to Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association RSS news feed.
Limited Parking Tonight Tuesday August 22nd
08/22/2017
Mara Members: Tonight Tuesday August 22nd the Cell Tower workers...
Baseball Registration
08/21/2017
Registration for Fall Baseball for age 6-12 closes Thursday...
Last Call For Fall Baseball Registration Age 6-12
08/18/2017
Mara Members: Fall Baseball Registration will end on August...
New Sponsor Big Air GRAND OPENING - August 19
08/11/2017
Come and and support our NEW sponsor Big Air at their GRAND...
Mara Pro Baseball and Softball Clinics
08/04/2017
MARA Pro Baseball and Softball Clinics   MARA Members:   MARA...
Mara 9U Cobras
08/01/2017
The 9U MARA Cobras preparing for the opening ceremony at the Wilson...
Fireworks Show at Mara
08/01/2017
Mara Volleyball Clinics
07/17/2017
MARA Volleyball Clinics    MARA and CAROLINA...
Register Now For Fall Sports
07/13/2017
Mara Members: Registration is now open for all Fall Sports: Baseball:...
Mara 8U All Stars Win Cal Ripken NC Western Div St Championship
07/05/2017
  This past weekend, MARA hosted the 8U Cal Ripken NC State...
NOW Open MOD Pizza in Matthews
07/05/2017
speed • style • pizza NOW OPEN!   READY...
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System
06/04/2017
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
Savings with Land O'Frost for MARA Members
05/08/2017
Support the brand that supports MARA. Click the logo or link below...
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...
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...
 
Limited Parking Tonight Tuesday August 22nd

Mara Members:

Tonight Tuesday August 22nd the Cell Tower workers will be at the park continuing work on the Cell Tower. Please use caution around equipment and areas affected by the Cell Tower work.  Parking will be limited tonight since there will be equipment staged in the parking lot. 

Thank you 

Mara Grounds Crew


by posted 08/22/2017
Baseball Registration

Registration for Fall Baseball for age 6-12 closes Thursday August 24th at midnight.

 

 

**Baseball Registration ages 4-5 will remain open until August 31.
**Baseball Registration for 13-16 "Initial cutoff is August 24. Any registrations taken after 24th may be subjuect to Availabilty.
 

Starting August 25 Registrations will still be accepted for 13-16 but may be subject to capacity constraints.  You will be awarded a full refund if it is determined (by Sept 1) if all player slots are taken.  Commissioner Brooks will be monitoring this list daily and will inform if space is not available.  Please reach directly to him if necessary.

980-297-3359

So don't for get to register before time runs out.

 

 


by posted 08/21/2017
Last Call For Fall Baseball Registration Age 6-12

Mara Members:

Fall Baseball Registration will end on August 24th at midnight for Ages 6-12.  If you have not registered now is the time. You can register at http://www.marasports.org and then click on the Baseball tab to register. Here is some information on the skills assessment for ages 6-12. Players ages of April 30, 2018. 

Registration for T-ball ages 4-5 and older boys ages 13-16 will remain open until August 31.

 

ALL 2017 BASEBALL ASSESSMENTS

ATTENTION ALL FALL 2017 BASEBALL PLAYERS!
 
Assessments for machine pitch, minors, and majors baseball will be held Saturday, August 26th. ALL players participating in these divisions for the Fall 2017 must attend assessments so that proper team assignments can be made. If you have any questions, please contact your league commissioner.
 
 
Assessments on 8/26 will take place at the following times/fields (please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early to get checked in):
 
Machine Pitch
6 yr. olds*     9:30 am 11:00 am      FIELD #8
7 yr. olds*    11:00 am - 12:30 pm   FIELD #8
8 yr. olds*    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm    FIELD #8
 
Minors
9 yr. olds*     10:00 am FIELD #1
10 yr. olds*    12:00 pm FIELD #1
 
Majors
11 yr. olds*     11:00 am FIELD #12
12 yr. olds*       1:00 pm FIELD #12
 
*PLEASE REMEMBER that ages are based on player's age as of 4/30/2018.  
 

2017 - 2018 Baseball Commissioners

Bat and Ball Chairman

Anthony Andujar

​acandujar@gmail.com

​704-363-4813

Overall Commissioner

Andy Hunt

huntandy72@yahoo.com

980-263-4468

 

T-Ball Commissioner  Age 4-5

Dan Buttrey

danbuttrey77@gmail.com

704-778-8422

Machine Pitch AA Commissioner Age-6-8

Kenny Coble

​ekcoble@wjlaw.net

​704-779-8152

Machine Pitch AAA Commissioner Age 6-8

Eric Biermann
 
 
704-200-7413
 

Minor League Commissioner Age 9-10

Luca Reyner

luca.reyner@gmail.com

​305-903-5073

Major League Commissioner Age 11-12

Chad Bost

​cbost1@carolina.rr.com

​704-609-7224

Baseball Commissioner  Age 13-16

Steve Brooks

Msbrooks@carolina.rr.com

980-297-3359

 

by posted 08/18/2017
New Sponsor Big Air GRAND OPENING - August 19

Come and and support our NEW sponsor Big Air at their GRAND OPENING on August 19

2408 Sardis Road North, Charlotte NC 

(next to Value City Furniture in the Crown Point Plaza)

704-246-5233

http://www.bigairusa.com/charlotte

 

 


by posted 08/11/2017
Mara Pro Baseball and Softball Clinics
MARA Pro Baseball and Softball Clinics
 
MARA Members:
 
MARA has entered into a partnership with Noah Hall, baseball professional, to provide professional level training and skill development to MARA athletes.  This offering is geared towards families who are looking to provide training and instruction at a level that has historically not been available at MARA, and have had to seek this type of training at other organizations. 
 
We will be launching this partnership with pre-season clinics for both softball and baseball players ages 9-14.  Each two hour clinic will be in a group setting, yet will offer individual assessment and development planning.  Cost is $50 per athlete per session.  Please see the flyer below for details and registration information.  The registration link will take you to the Noah Hall Baseball website, where you can complete your registration.  Please include the desired day(s) that you plan to attend with your registration in the Notes section of the form.
 
As always, we appreciate your feedback and will continue to provide new offerings to meet your athlete's needs. 
 
Thank you for being part of the MARA family,
 
Dave Ulrich
MARA President - 2017
MARA President - 2017

by posted 08/04/2017
Mara 9U Cobras

The 9U MARA Cobras preparing for the opening ceremony at the Wilson Demarini USSSA Elite World Series in Orlando, FL!! Thirty of the best 9U travel teams in the country were in attendance. The Cobra's went 1-1-1 in pool play defeating the Louisiana Empire, losing to the Banditos out of Houston, TX, and tying the Chandler Stars out of Phoenix, AZ. In bracket play the Cobras opened up with the Islanders out of Corpus Christi, TX and lost 11-9 in a tough battle. They then played the Pembroke Lake Bull Dogs out of FL and defeated them 8-4. The Cobras were ultimately eliminated in the third bracket game by the Islanders. They finished with a USSSA Ranking of 13th in the country!! Way to go Cobras!! In addition to their great accomplishments on the field, the week was filled with friendships and family fun at many of the Disney parks and attractions. It was a week that we will never forget. 


by posted 08/01/2017
Fireworks Show at Mara


by posted 08/01/2017
Mara Volleyball Clinics
MARA Volleyball Clinics 
 
MARA and CAROLINA COURTS are partnering together to grow the sport of Volleyball in our community.  We are looking forward to having volleyball as part of our MARA program and offering this opportunity to our athletes.  
 
We will be having 2 complimentary clinics for MARA athletes on August 9th from 5-6 pm or August 23rd from 7-8 pm.  To register for the clinic you will first need to go toCarolinacourts.com and click the box to create a Carolina Courts account.  Once that is complete you can click on the volleyball page/clinics and register for our Free  All Skills Volleyball Clinic.  The clinic will be held at the Carolina Courts location:  240 Chestnut Parkway Indian Trail, NC The clinics are open for Boys and Girls from ages  6-15 years of age.    Look forward to seeing you on the courts!!
Click the links below to register for a clinic:
 
 

For questions, please contact Debbie Balducci, Operations Manager-Peak Club Volleyball, at 704-882-1115


by posted 07/17/2017
Register Now For Fall Sports

Mara Members:

Registration is now open for all Fall Sports:

Baseball:  T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minors/Majors and Babe Ruth

Girls Softball

Pop Warner Football

Pop Warner Cheer and Dance

To register visit our web site at:  www.marasports.org and click on the sport you want to register.  If you have already registered see you at the park. 

 


by posted 07/13/2017
Mara 8U All Stars Win Cal Ripken NC Western Div St Championship

  This past weekend, MARA hosted the 8U Cal Ripken NC State Championship.  16 teams across the state of NC were invited to participate in this tournament.  Congratulations to MARA 8U All Stars in winning the State Championship.  Thank you to all volunteers, members, and staff that helped make this tournament a success.


by posted 07/05/2017
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704-321-0310


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by posted 07/05/2017
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
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
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
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
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