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 Mara Baseball Since 1956

Cal Ripken Age 4-12
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 4-18 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 9U Travel Team Wins State Championship
The MARA Cobras 9U travel team won the USSSA NC State Championship...
MARA "Tossing Strikes" Drop-IN
2017 Mara All Star Teams Announced
6U – All Stars Jacob Angelon         Ryan...
Grand Slam Summer Baseball Day Camps
Grand Slam USA Summer Baseball Day Camps   An...
Map of Mara Fields
Baseball Field Maintenance
Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance Weather Line 704-847-0752...
Composite Bats - Revision
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats...
Mara 9U Travel Team Wins State Championship

The MARA Cobras 9U travel team won the USSSA NC State Championship this weekend!! Congratulations to the players, coaches, and families

by posted 06/12/2017
MARA "Tossing Strikes" Drop-IN

by Mara Baseball posted 06/11/2017
2017 Mara All Star Teams Announced

6U – All Stars

Jacob Angelon        

Ryan Bialeck     

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 Moloney

Ayden Matzke

Reece McIlveen

Dylan McLaughlin

Maverick Nelson

Dean Scofield

Fynn Tolley

Drake Gilchrist

Gus Wathan



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

Keagan Grim

Jack Gullickson

Isiah Hester

Kyle Kroehler

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 Mara Baseball posted 05/07/2017
Map of Mara Fields

by posted 04/09/2014
Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance
Weather Line 704-847-0752 Select Option # 2
  • Check MARA Website of Call Weather Line to determine if fields are open.
  • DO NOT practice or play on a field with standing water.
  • DO NOT remove wet dirt from the mound, home plate or baseline.
  • Please do all warm up exercises in the outfield, but DO NOT have players stand on painted outfield lines.
  • DO NOT use the fences for soft toss, pepper or to throw against.
  • Please try to rotate dugouts used for practice!!!!!
Post Game Maintenance
  • Rake and level home plate area…fill and tamp holes with rake.
  • Rake and level pitcher’s mound and bullpen…fill and tamp with rake.Rubber and pitching landing area, and then wet the mound thoroughly (fields 1, 12, 13 and Babe Ruth)
  • Rake and level around all bases-DO NOT rakedirt into grass area.
  • Broom drag infield dirt. DO NOTdrag dirt into grass area. (keep broom on the dirt)
  • DO NOTdrag the brooms down the baselines on fields 1, 12, 13.
  • DO NOT allow players to practice swing in grass in front of dugouts (keep players in the gravel areas)
  • Clean dugouts areas – throw all trash and litter into trash cans.
  • Turn off the field lights (after the game)
  • Notify Commissioners of your league of any problems.
Please remember that any failure to properly take care of the fields can affect other players and coaches the next day. Help keep this facility in good shape for all users. 
by posted 10/01/2011
Composite Bats - Revision
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats for the Cal Ripken Division effective immediately.  This applies onlyto the 2 ¼” barrel bats. 

All bats must be stamped “Approved For Play in Babe Ruth Baseball” and meet the requirement of Rule 1.10 in the Babe Ruth League, Inc. 2011 Baseball Rules and Regulations for 2 ¼” baseball bats.  
Note:  The Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball age divisions will continue to have the moratorium in force as explained in the memo dated October 26, 2010.  As was stated in this memo, all approved composite bat models for the Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball Divisions are listed at www.nfhs.org.

by posted 02/06/2011
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