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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.


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Baseball Assessments Times For Ages 6-12
·        Saturday,...
Spring Softball Registration Now Open
Hello MARA Families, Happy Holidays! I wish you all much joy...
Year End Update
Today we sent the following email to all current MARA members. ...
Fight Mosquitoes & Help MARA with Queen Bee Mosquito Control
Our new sponsor Queen Bee Mosquito Control will donate $10 back to...
Park Rules
Mara Members: Lately we are having  problem with...
Check Out MARA Featured in LeagueSide's Video for HomeAway
MARA was featured in LeagueSide's youth sports sponsorship campaign...
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM
Dear MARA Families, Please do not leave your car in the parking...
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
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...
Baseball Assessments Times For Ages 6-12

·        Saturday, Feb 23rd – assessments (YOUR CHILD'S AGE AS OF APRIL 30 2019)

o   6U – field 7 – 12:00 PM

o   7U – field 8 – 2:30 PM

o   8U – field 8 – 12:00 PM

o   9U – field 1 – 12:00 PM

o   10U – field 1 – 2:00 PM

o   11U – field 12 – 1:00 PM

o   12U – field 12 – 3:00 PM

·        Friday, March 1st – challenge try-outs

o   7U – field 7 – 6:30 PM – Coble

o   8U – field 8 – 6:30 PM – Angelon

o   9U – field 1 – 6:00 PM – Biermann

o   10U – field 13 – 6:00 PM – Winser

o   11U & 12U – field 12 – 6:00 PM – coach TBD

o   Rain-out make-up day is Sunday, March 3rd – time TBD

by posted 01/16/2019
Spring Softball Registration Now Open
Hello MARA Families,
Happy Holidays! I wish you all much joy and happiness in this season of family and friends. 
MARA softball continues to be one of the largest recreation softball leagues around North Carolina. We look forward to another fun season. Please see below for the registration announcement and key dates for the Spring season. 

Spring Softball Registration Open

Registration for 2019 Spring Softball season for ALL AGE Groups is OPEN. 

8U and Above age groups will be open until February 6, 2019.

6U Softball T-Ball Registration will be open until March 1, 2019.

Also of note, CharMeck Softball has changed the 16U age group to be 18U/High School. The age group change was to allow the young ladies to enjoy the sport they love longer. Players in this age group must be 18 years old or younger on December 31, 2018 AND must NOT have graduated high school. 

Key Dates:

Please attention to the key dates and times below: 

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Registration Open for ALL age groups.
  • Saturday, February 2, 2018 - Softball Try-it Day - Date subject to Change due to Weather.
  • 8U and Above Dates
    • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 8U and Above Registration Closed 
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Assessments
      • 13U - 1 PM
      • 10U - 2:30 PM
      • 8U - 4:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Team Drafted 8U and Above
    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Practices Start for 8U and Above 
    • Sunday, March 10, 2019 - Challenge Tryouts and Selection
    • Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Games Start for 8U and Above
    • Sunday, April 7, 2019 - Challenge Tournament #1 
    • Sunday, May 5, 2019 - Challenge Tournament #2 
    • Saturday, May 18 - June 6, 2019 - End of Season Tournament
    • Thursday, June 13 - Sunday, June, 16 - All Star Tournament
  • 6U Softball T-Ball Dates
    • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 6U Registration Closed
    • Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 6U Teams Formed 
    • Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6U Games Start
    • Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 6U Season End

Please note the above dates are subject to change as impacted by weather and other events. If you have any questions, please reach out to Chang Zeng, MARA Softball Commissioner, at  .

As key dates and events near, please be on the look-out for email reminders from MARA. 
Chang Zeng
MARA Softball

by posted 12/19/2018
Year End Update

Today we sent the following email to all current MARA members.  The purpose was to remind them that it takes financial support from members and from the community to maintain and advance our mission.  I wanted to send it to you as well.  Please take a moment to read and consider.  Each of you and your families have given much to MARA over the years, either through volunteer efforts, donations, or both.  For that we thank you.  We are who we are because of you.

You understand better than anyone what we’re trying to accomplish and what it takes to accomplish it.  I hope you’ve had the chance to visit Arthur Goodman Park recently to see some of the improvements we’ve made.  We have upgraded our playing fields with new sod, improved our sponsor and park signage, added new scoreboards, and planted new trees at field 1.  We even purchased a new "spreader" machine for our park managers!  

In 2018 we had over 2,700 participants in our youth sports programs (baseball, softball, bambino (special needs) baseball, football, flag football, cheer, basketball, track, volleyball and rugby).

Additionally in 2018 we launched our first MARA run Next Generation Baseball and softball camps with tremendous success. We held 4 camps in June and July and had over 200 campers. After one year under our belt we are excited about what the future will bring for our camp programs.

It is because of you, our members, and our sponsors that we are able to provide the youth of our community some of the best facilities in the state. 
Here is the email for your consideration…..     

Dear MARA Members:
As 2018 comes to a close we want to thank all of our families for another fantastic year at MARA.  Be it our children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews – hopefully all of our kids had fun, made lasting memories and gained more personal pride and confidence for having played youth sports.

Over the long history of MARA (MARA History), our organization has relied on our wonderful membership to help run the day to day operations of our programs.  From the Board of Directors, to commissioners, to coaches, to team parents, to parents & other family members, and to the alumni who continually give back – we are all volunteering our time in one way or another to help improve the experience of youth sports for our children and all those who play here.  We should all feel proud to be carrying on a great tradition started many years ago.

Financially MARA is a Not for Profit, 501(c)3 entity dependent on our activity fees, sponsorships and charitable contributions to sustain ourselves.  We are not affiliated in with the Town of Matthews and only receive a small tourism grant from the town equal to roughly 1% of our annual donations.

  • So first and foremost we want to again say THANK YOU for choosing MARA.  With many options out there, it is vital to our organization to maintain a high participation level and we all contribute to that by selecting MARA as the place for our children to play.

  • Secondly, we need to extend another large THANK YOU to all of our sponsors.  Without our sponsors, the great programs we have for our boys & girls as well as the fantastic facilities at which they play would not be possible.

  • And third, we need to THANK all of those who have graciously personally donated in order to help support our park and our programs.

This brings us to our 2018 YEAR END APPEAL:

  • Please consider MARA as you make decisions on any year-end 2018 tax deductible donations.  You can make those donations either by visiting (MARA Donations) or by contacting Anthony Andujar at 

  •  Also please remember to check with your employer about the opportunity to “match” a gift to a 501(c)3.
    If you volunteered time at MARA this year – please check with your employer as several employers may “match your time” with actual dollars to the organization.

  • Contributions can also be in the form of goods.  If you have any of the following items and wish to donate, MARA will gladly accept and provide a tax deductible receipt: lawn & yard equipment; old vehicles; tools; building supplies; office equipment; etc.

  • If you know of any local business or if you yourself might be interested in becoming a full sponsor for MARA and able to take advantage of the benefits that come with that – please contact Monique Brooks at   for more information.

In addition, please know that unless requested as anonymous, we would like to recognize all donors (just names not amounts) in the monthly newsletter as well as on the donation section of our website.

As the park continues to age, the maintenance and repair costs will increase; in addition we will continue to improve and heavily invest in the facilities at the park. Our facilities are some of the best in the state and we cannot improve and maintain them without your support.
Again – THANK YOU to all of our great members for a phenomenal 2018, we’re already working towards a great 2019!

James Warfield
MARA President - 2018


Matthews Athletic Recreation Association


by posted 12/18/2018
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.


by posted 05/05/2018
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
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


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 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.

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016
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
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