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Welcome to Mara Baseball


 Mara Baseball Since 1956

Cal Ripken Age 4-12
 Little League/Babe Ruth Age 13-16

 Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association was founded in 1956 for the purpose of providing the youth in Matthews/Mecklenburg County area an organized association for sports and recreational activities.  Baseball has been the cornerstone of the program and is entering it's 61st year in operation.  Located at Arthur Goodman Park MARA provides a balance of strong leadership, an involved community and top instruction.  For player's age 4-16 MARA provides training on fundamentals as well as advanced techniques to increase each child's awareness to fitness, strategy and character.  MARA Baseball have long traditions of winning at every level of play.  Advanced programs are being offered that will provide players an opportunity to play challenge/travel baseball.  In addition to the regular recreational season.  MARA will offer a separate schedule of games against other associations.  Arthur Goodman Park is located at 1200 South Trade Street in Matthews and is accessible to many families in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.  Established by the Goodman family, MARA has grown to be one of the premier facilities in the area. With 10 lighted fields and multiple practice areas, teams and individuals have increased access for practice and games. MARA is the place to play.

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Mara's Next Step Up
MARA NEXT STEP   WHO:  players that will be...
2018 Mara 6U State Champs
Congratulations to the Mara 6U All Stars for winning the State Championship
Lowe's Family Suite - Field 2 - SIGN UP HERE
  Ever get tired of sitting directly in the sun and heat?...
Map of Mara Fields
Mara's Next Step Up



WHO:  players that will be playing in machine pitch for the first time in either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. This includes players who most recently played t-ball or those who have never played baseball at all. Players that have played one season of machine pitch, but would still like some extra practice are also eligible.


WHAT: The purpose of the MARA “Next Step” program is to help transition players from t-ball to machine pitch (or to introduce the machine pitch concept to those that have no playing experience). Skills and concepts addressed will include:

·         Hitting the ball off of the machine

·         Balls vs. Strikes (and “three strikes you’re out”)

·         Fly balls, Ground outs, and other ways of “getting out”

·         Basic defensive plays

Registrants will be split into teams of 10-12 players. Monday through Thursday will be focused on practicing only, with game fundamentals being taught to the players. Friday and Saturday, the players will have "games" against each other. The games will be developmental in nature with coaches and/or umpires stopping the games to give tips or explanations to the teams as needed.


WHEN: Monday, August 13, 2017           5:30 - 7:00 pm

                Tuesday, August 14, 2017          5:30 - 7:00 pm

                Wednesday, August 15, 2017    5:30 - 7:00 pm

                Thursday, August 16, 2017      5:30 - 7:00 pm

                Friday, August 17, 2017           5:30 - 7:00 pm

                Saturday, August 18, 2017      10:00 am - 11:30 am


WHERE: Arthur Goodman Park (MARA)

                  1200 S. Trade St.

                   Matthews, NC 28105

COST:  $35.00


*Registrants should plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early on the first day so that we may get the teams organized.


by posted 07/10/2018
2018 Mara 6U State Champs

Congratulations to the Mara 6U All Stars for winning the State Championship

by posted 07/03/2018
Lowe's Family Suite - Field 2 - SIGN UP HERE


Ever get tired of sitting directly in the sun and heat? Tired of sitting on those metal flat bleachers? Want to cheer on your son and his team but at the same time "get away from it all"?
The Lowe's Family Suite is the ANSWER!
What's included:
Tall captain chairs and table
A great view of the game
Shade from the sun
Festive lighting (when the sun goes down)
$10 voucher* for concession stand (*Only if concession stand is open. voucher must be used the same day)
Suite located to the left of the scoreboard on the backside of the main concession stand
For a donation of only $20 a game, a minimum of four (4) can enjoy exclusive seating.
Sign up now as space is limited at:
First-come, first-serve. 
Suite reservation must be pre-paid. 
Follow these instructions:
Contribution Amount: $20.00
Contribution Destination: Baseball
Contribution Comments: Lowe's Family Suite Reservation - add family name & date of the game
Send confirmation email to: MARASponsorship@gmail.com
Payment must be received within 24 hours or reservation will be canceled.
*If suite is not reserved by game time it can be paid for at the main concession stand. Please check this sign-up for up-to-date availability. 
All proceeds support MARA baseball! Thank you. If you have any questions, email MARASponsorship@gmail.com

by posted 05/31/2018


by posted 03/28/2018
Map of Mara Fields

by posted 12/13/2017
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