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04/18/2019
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MARA SOFTBALL ALL-STAR PROGRAM

MARA SOFTBALL ALL-STAR PROGRAM

All-Star Events and Dates

MARA Softball (8U, 10U, and 13U) will once again be participating in the Char-Meck Softball All-Star Tournament at the end of the Spring season from Thursday, June 13th - Sunday, June 16th. 

The events of the Char-Meck Softball All-Star weekend are as follows: 

Opening Ceremonies and Events - Thursday, June 13th

Pool Games - Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th

Double Elimination Bracket Games - Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th

 

In addition to the Char-Meck Softball All-Star Tournament, MARA Softball will also participate in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series tournament trail. The MARA Softball All-Star teams will have the opportunity to play North Carolina Babe Ruth Softball All-Star tournament and possibly advancing to the Southeast Regionals and World Series. The tournament dates and locations are as follows: 

NC STATE Tournament in Marion, NC:

  • July 4th – July 7th

Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Treasure Coast, FL:

  • 14U – July 15th – Juy 24th
  • 10U – July 25th – August 3rd
  • 8U – July 25th – August 3rd

All-Star Softball Head Coaches

The following coaches volunteered and have been named to be the All-Star Softball Head Coaches: 

  • 8U - Head Coach Michael Lawrence
  • 10U - Head Coach Joshua Pagan
  • 13U - Head Coach Christopher Easterly

All-Star Commitment Letter

Selection to the All-Star teams is an honor for the players. As such, there are specific expectations and commitments that families and players MUST abide by to be considered for the All-Star teams. MARA Softball players and families will be sent the Softball All-Star Committment Letter noting the commitments and requirements. 

All players to be considered for the All-Star teams MUST review and sign the commitment letter. The letters are to be turned into the rec team head coaches and Softball Commissioner. Commitment letters will be sent to the 8U, 10U, and 13U Softball Families on Thursday, April 18th. They are due to be turned in by Sunday, April 28th. To ensure all commitment letters are received and accounted for, Softball families should do the following:

  1. Send an email to the Softball Commissioner at mara_softball@live.com with your commitment to the All-Star trail.
  2. Turn in the signed hard-copy letter to their respective rec team head coach or the Softball Commissioner OR Take a picture or scan the signed commitment letter email it to their respective rec team head coach or the Softball Commissioner. 

All-Star Selection Process

Only those players who turned in signed commitment letters are eligible for selection to the All-Star teams. 

All-Star rosters will be selected based on the following process as defined by the MARA Softball Committee: 

The regular season Head Coaches (HCs) will select 9 (for 13U) and 10 (for 8U and 10U) players of the All Star teams in the respective age divisions via the following defined process.

1.    The Commissioner will compile and provide the list of the committed players for each age division to the respective HCs 7 days prior to the All Star Selection.

2.    The respective age division HCs will meet a minimum of 2 days prior to the All Star Selection to review player statistics, skills, and capabilities. The Commissioner or Past Commissioner, as an independent party, will moderate this discussion/meeting.

3.    After the above meeting discussing the players, each regular season HC will stack rank the players from 1 through the number of players that have committed to the All Star tournament trail and are on the ballot.

4.    The stack ranks will be averaged. The players with the top 9 (for 13U)/ 10 (for 10U and 8U) averaged rankings will be selected to the All Star team.

5.    In the event, there is a multi-way tie in the average ranking of players respectively to not be able to determine the top 9 or 10 ranked players, those players tied will be stacked ranked and averaged to determine the player(s) joining the top 9/10 players for the All Star team.

6.    Example: 10U stacked ranking of players allowed for clear determination of 1st through 5th players. There is a 6 way tie for 6th ranked player. Those 6 players would be stacked ranked and averaged again by the regular season head coaches using 1 through 6. The first 5 of those 6 would join the initial 5 players to make up the 10 players to form the 10U All Star team.

Once the team is selected by the regular season HCs, the All Star Head Coach at his or her sole discretion is to select a minimum of 1 up to a maximum of 3 additional players to the roster from the pool of committed players.

The maximum and minimum team size for the MARA Softball All-Star teams:

  • 8U and 10U – Minimum team size of 10 players with a maximum of 13 players.
  • 13U – Minimum team size of 9 players with a maximum 12 players.

The decision to add a 12th or 13th player on the respective teams is at the sole decision of the All Star Head Coach. 

 

Any questions about the All-Star program should be direct to the Softball Commissioner at mara_softball@live.com.

 


by posted 04/18/2019
Summer Camp Registration is Open


by posted 02/18/2019
2019 Spring Softball Registration and Key Dates

2019 Spring Softball Registration and Key Dates

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 

6U Softball T-Ball Registration will be open until March 

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 must be 18 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
    • ​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 .


by posted 12/19/2018
Field Maintenance


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  • 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)
  • PLEASE TALK TO YOUR PLAYERS ABOUT DIGGING HOLES IN THE OUTFIELD TURF (This is not acceptable!!!!!)THIS IS OUR BIGGEST ISSUE. HUGE SAFETY ISSUE.
  • 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
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