Mission: Teach sportsmanship, teamwork, begin to develop basic baseball skills and most importantly... HAVE FUN!!!!
T-Ball is the first "Team Sport" experience for many children and our goal is to make that experience a great one. To support this goal, the objectives of the T-Ball program are to teach sportsmanship, teamwork, and begin to develop basic baseball skills. To ensure we focus on these objectives, no score is kept in T-Ball. In this learning environment, the younger players will be nurtured with a batting tee and more experienced children will be allowed to hit a pitched ball (machine pitch).
MARA T-Ball has been a terrific experience for the children, but we can’t provide this experience without volunteers. All parents are encouraged to participate in some fashion, whether as a coach, team parent, dugout helper or perhaps even help in the concession stand. When filling out the application, take the time to choose one of the areas where you can help support MARA athletics. If you are planning on coaching, you must attend the coaches workshop - time to be determined. Coaching T-ball is very different than coaching baseball!
Thanks to all who participate as volunteers in making our league a success. Without your help it would not be possible. If you have any questions please feel free to email:
or 704-778-8422 Dan
T-Ball may be the first "team activity" experience many children/parents have and our goal is to make that experience a great one. Our primary focus is to have fun while introducing the sport as a game to enjoy. Our focus will be on teaching listening skills, running the bases, learning how to properly throw, catch and hit. At this level, “if wiling” the parents are heavily involved in both practices / games. Volunteers can be full or part time – Coaches and Team Mom / dugout helpers.
Baseball rules - we are very flexible, i.e., you may see 5 Outfielders, 3 Pitchers and a parent helping 1-2 players in the field. The goal is to keep the players active and involved.
Coaches’ clinic will share “lessons learned & best practices;” select teams; create a practice & game schedule and keep parents updated. Parents can expect no more than two baseball practices/games each week lasting an hour. Note – we do not keep score; there are no outs recorded and each team bats entire roster to end an inning. Our schedule will be front loaded with practices before we play games.
How to prepare for T-ball? Use a tennis ball and introduce a “game” of bouncing the ball against a wall (without a glove). This simple repetitive action will support our efforts moving forward. The more you work with your child, the better their experience will be!
T-Ball FAQs and Dates:
Boy/Girl ages 4 & 5 as of 4/30/2019 (age exceptions will be considered) – Cost is $125. This includes Hat & Shirt, T-balls, trophies and use of fields.
Glove (soft, but not too small) Bat (don’t spend a lot); Gym Shoes/Rubber Spikes; Helmet, Jeans/Baseball Pants ok, but not provided.
Registration is open mid July 2018 (check marasports.org) and closes August 15, 2018 - Don’t wait, teams fill up fast.
No try outs, but a “Try It” day to determine if you like T-Ball – Sunday August 12th 1-2 pm Mara (back field) #6.
Coaches clinic – Sunday August 19th 6-7:30pm MARA board room (above concession stand) Teams selected (10-12) players per team
August 20th - Parents notified of teams, coaches and schedules
Start of season – September 5th week; usually M-Th - start at 6pm, no Fri/Sun events. (Location - Arthur Goodman Park, 1200 S. Trade St. Matthews, N.C. Tball fields #6)
Season ends last week of October
Don’t hesitate to call/email me. All questions are important – Dan Buttrey 704-778-8422 or