Frequently Asked Questions
Several of the most frequently asked questions about MARA Basketball are answered on the MARA website and we are happy to answer any other questions you have.
Some common questions are listed below:
What ages can play? Players age 5 to 15 years old as of August 1, 2016 (Girls age 5-13)
Can my child play in an older age group? Yes. Please register in their age appropriate group, then send an email to your commissioner requesting your child be moved "up" an age group and the commissioner can make the adjustment.
What are the rules? Rules vary by age and they are posted on this website under "Documents".
What associations do we participate with? Boys 7-15 with Mint Hill Athletic Association and Porter Ridge Athletic Association; Girls 7-13 with Mint Hill, South Charlotte and Porter Ridge Athletic Associations.
Number of players per team? Usually 8 or 9. (6 per team for 5 - 6 year olds)
Number of practices? 2-3 per week until games start on December 3rd; 1-2 per week after games start.
Number of Games? 10 over 9 weeks (December 3rd - February 5th)
Is there a post season tournament? Yes - for all leagues other than AA, there will be a single elimination Tournament of Champions in February (refer to dates on information tab). Medals will be awarded for 1st and 2ndplace.
What time are the Games? Anytime between 9:00am - 6:00pm on Saturdays and 1:00pm - 6:00pm on Sundays.
What do I get for my fee? Official MARA Jerseys and Shorts, plenty of gym time for practice, 10 games, and an end of season tournament*
Where are the practices and games? Depending on your age, we use local High (Butler, Providence), Middle (South Charlotte, Crestdale, McClintock, JM Robinson) and Elementary (Matthews and Elizabeth Lane) Schools.
When do I sign up? Online starting September 1st. We take checks and Visa/Mastercard & Discover Card. Registration closes on October 29th or when the player's age group has reached capacity (whichever comes first).
How are teams formed? After the player participates in a skill assessment, coaches rank and draft as equitable teams as possible. Your coach will notify you within a day or two of assessments of your team assignment and first practice.
What is my next step? After you sign-up online or in person, attend your skills assessment (see Skills Assessment Schedule) and wait for a call from your coach.
Why do I pay a $1 to be a spectator at the games? Your dollar contribution goes toward payment of the official scorekeepers and the individuals that run the scoreboard and clock.
Why do I only get my practice/game schedule up until the end of 2016 in the beginning? Because we use gyms that are part of the CMS School System, we are dependent on when gym time becomes available. Due to the beginning of middle school basketball season games in January, we must wait until they schools have their home and away games scheduled before we can schedule our practices/games.
*no tournament in AA league