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 Mara Baseball Since 1956

Cal Ripken Age 4-12
Senior Little League 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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by posted 06/23/2019
MARA Summer Camp Information

Noah Hall, Next Generation Camps Pro Coach

Hello Parents/Guardians,

I am looking forward to a great Next Generation Baseball camp!  The goal is for our players to have a blast, while leaving each day with a better understanding of the game. Below are some important notes as camp approaches. If you have any questions, please send an email to Anthony Andujar at 

On the first day of camp, we will assign a coach to your player. Your player will be with this coach all week. At the conclusion of camp each day, we ask that you check-out with their coach before leaving.

We will have plenty of water breaks throughout the day.  If temps are extremely high, we will take breaks in the AC.  Please be sure that the kids have breakfast and are well hydrated prior to arriving.  

Specific camp details are below:


  • Parking will in the main lot at MARA.
  • Please park and bring the camper to the check-in table by the gate in near the Main Concession stand. Check-in will start at 8:30 AM
  • Pick up is at 2:00 PM. The campers will be with his/her assigned coach on fields 7 and 8. We ask you to check-out your player with the assigned coaches at that time prior to them exiting any field.
  • If you have someone besides a parent or guardian checking out your camper we must have that in writing at Check-in.
  • MARA park map is linked here:



  • Wear Sunscreen each day. We will be in the hot summer sun.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing.  Baseball pants are not needed. We encourage the campers to be comfortable for the long days.  We encourage our campers to wear a hat, mostly for the sun coverage.
  • Drink liquids this week.  Preparation will be the key to prevent dehydration. Try to avoid any sugary or caffeinated drinks.  We will take plenty of breaks and encourage the campers to drink water during each break.
  • Water will be available and provide for campers.  We encourage them to bring a water bottle to be able to take with them from station to station. We will have coolers of water to refill water bottles.
  • Each player should bring glove, bat, hat, tennis shoes and cleats each day.
  • Here is a link for DICK’s Sporting Goods coupons if you do need/want to buy equipment.



  • Lunch break is scheduled from 11:30 to 12:15 each day.
  • Lunch is included in each camper’s registration fee. Menu is as follows:
  • Monday – Turkey and Cheese Sub, Chips and Drink
  • Tuesday – Hot Dog, Chips and Drink
  • Wednesday – Chicken Nuggets, Chips and Drink
  • Thursday – Pizza, Chips and Drink
  • If your camper does not like the lunch option for that day or has a food allergy we ask that you pack an alternative lunch. Credit will not be given for unused lunches. Our concessions facility cannot handle special dietary requests.
  • If your child chooses to bring a packed lunch - Please write the camper’s name on the bag as it will be stored in a cooler. OR
    1. Parents may bring lunch at 11:15 so the camper can eat at 11:30.



Camps are rain or shine. Arthur Goodman Park has a state of the art weather detection system. If the alarm sounds during the camp, campers will be moved to a safe location. If the weather does require us to stay off the fields we will send out an email communication with details. Please check your email periodically if there is inclement weather as this is the only way we will be notifying you of any schedule changes, etc.


If your child is unexpectedly not coming to a day of camp (i.e. sick, something comes up) please notify me of his/her absence.

Many parents ask if they can stay and watch. The answer is yes.  Please note that no parents or guests are allowed inside the baseball field in which the kids are participating. This is for safety reasons. We also ask that you refrain from “helping” or interacting with your child during the camp sessions. We have a great staff of trained coaches and players on hand to help and assist them. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns.  We want to ensure that your player has a great experience.    


Anthony Andujar

MARA President 2019

by posted 06/16/2019
Next Generation Camp Registration is Open

by posted 05/28/2019
MARA Cobras Win Top Gun Tournament

The MARA COBRAS 11u went 4-O this weekend, undefeated into the championship game. They beat the JC sluggers 4-3 for the championship win. Congratulations to all the players and coaches.

by posted 05/06/2019
Map of Mara Fields

by posted 12/13/2017
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