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Welcome to the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association Website!!

Mara is located at 1200 South Trade St
In Matthews, NC 28105

@Arthur Goodman Park

We Are Not a Public Park Use of our Park is For Mara Members Only!!
Mailing Address
PO Box 1023

Matthews, NC 28106

Mara Phone Numbers

Main # 704-847-0752

Weather # 704-845-6337

Baseball # 704-845-6342

Softball # 704-845-6345

Football or Basketball 704-845-3674

Administration # 704-845-6334

Park Director 704-891-1781

Concessions # 704-847-0177
 

Concession Hours: 
Monday-Thursday 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am-6pm
*Hours are subject to change based on field usage or weather conditions*
(Friday and Sunday TBD by Scheduled Events and Tournaments)
 
Proudly serving Coke products and Domino's Pizza
Both Stands Now Accept Cash or Credit/Debit Cards AND ApplePay! ($3 Minimum)
Visa, Master Card & Discover
 
 

Lost and Found Is Located near Main Concession in the Breezeway in front of the Restrooms

 You can call this number during Concession Hours to check for lost and found 704-847-0177

Mara is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization
All Donations Made to Mara are Tax Deductible

 

We are a family oriented volunteer organization that provides a fun environment, quality facilities, expert instruction, and the highest level of coaching to ensure every child has an enjoyable learning experience with the opportunity to reach their full potential.   We realize that the success of any organization requires various leaders at all levels. We certainly could not operate or be successful without the endless commitment of all administrators, coaches, volunteers, and you, the valued members of the organization.

We hope this website will provide useful and valuable info for all MARA sports. We provide current key contacts, schedules and tournaments for the upcoming or current seasons. Please be sure to visit regularly to get the latest updates.  Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association is an equal opportunity organization. We work with families with financial difficulties to offer scholarships so all kids can participate.

 

 

 

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Assessments Dates & Times For Baseball Ages 6-12
02/21/2020
ASSESSMENTS ARE MOVING FORWARD AS...
Play Flag Football in 2020 -Register Now!
02/16/2020
  Register before we reach capacity for the 2020...
Become a 2020 MARA Sponsor - Baseball, Softball or Football
02/03/2020
 Looking to join MARA's family of Sponsors for 2020?  Sponsorships...
Don't Wait Register Now-Baseball Age 4-12
01/18/2020
 Registration for Spring baseball is now open at MARA. ...
Winter Track Registration Now Open
01/16/2020
  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR WINTER TRACK!! Please see...
MAR Winter Track Program Now Open
01/12/2020
MARA Track will be offering a Winter session, starting Tuesday,...
Spring 2020 Baseball Registration Open!!!
12/21/2019
Registration for Spring Baseball Ages 4-16 Now Open To Register...
Basketball Registration Now Open
11/04/2019
  MARA Basketball (Registration Closes soon to Register...
Tragic Loss For MARA Please Help
10/08/2019
MARA Members:   Tragically, we recently lost a dear member...
Map Of Mara Fields
09/27/2019
Vehicles Parking On Sidewalk (Reminder)
09/14/2019
Mara Members:  The Matthews Police Department has...
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System
09/01/2019
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
Park Rules
03/23/2018
Mara Members: Lately we are having  problem with...
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM
09/01/2017
Dear MARA Families, Please do not leave your car in the parking...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
09/19/2016
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ
09/01/2013
MARA Members,   Due to a large number of occurrences of other...
Chesney Glen Parking Issue
09/01/2013
MARA Members: I hope everyone is enjoying the season! Thank...
 
Assessments Dates & Times For Baseball Ages 6-12
ASSESSMENTS ARE MOVING FORWARD AS SCHEDULED
 
We appreciate you choosing MARA as the place for your child to play baseball this Spring.  We look forward to getting things started this Saturday (2/22/20) with assessments.  It is very important that your child attend assessments.  Please note the time and location of your child’s assessment below.  At the machine pitch level, we have broken down the league ages even further, using your child’s last name.  This will make for a less crowded assessment and avoid having the younger kids standing in long lines for extended periods of time.  You will need to plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early to get your child checked in and confirm their uniform size for the season.  Please make sure that your child is assessing with their appropriate group.  League age is determined by how old your child will be on April 30, 2020.  For example, if your child is nine years old at the time of assessments, but will turn ten on April 28, 2020 they are 10U for league purposes; whereas, if your child is nine years old at the time of assessments and turns ten on May 3, 2020, they are 9U for league purposes.  If you have any questions about what your child’s league age is, please reach out to your commissioner.  In the event of inclement weather, alternative arrangements will be made for assessments.  Please continue to monitor your email for updates as assessment day approaches.
 
 
MARA Cal Ripken Baseball Assessments: 2-22-20
6U: Field 7:         A-K   10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
                            L-Z   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
7U: Field 8:         A-H   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                            I-P    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                            Q-Z    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8U: Field 8:         A-H   10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
                            I-R    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                            S-Z    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
9U: Field 1 – 12:00 p.m.
10U: Field 1 – 3:00 p.m.
11U: Field 12 – 1:00 p.m.
12U: Field 12 – 3:00 p.m

by posted 02/21/2020
Play Flag Football in 2020 -Register Now!
 

Register before we reach capacity for the 2020 season

Registration for the spring 2020 flag football season is open.  Coed teams for kids aged 4 through 14 years old are available in five divisions: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-14 years old. 

Many openings still exist but slots are filling up fast!

Registration may extend until March 2, however, the number of available spots in each division is limited.  Players registering after the spots have been filled will be placed on the wait list. 

If you are interested in coaching, please complete the volunteer application at http://flagcoach.maracoltsfootball.com.

Register today and play.  Register late and speculate. Don’t wait until it is too late.

Here are some key dates to know:

  • Late Registration fees begin February 16, 2020
  • Registration closes on March 2, 2020 or when all slots are filled
  • Games begin - March 14, 2020

For more information and to register on-line, please visit I have the Fever!  If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me at 

Thank you,

MARA Colts Football - Flag Commissioner

 


by posted 02/16/2020
Become a 2020 MARA Sponsor - Baseball, Softball or Football

 Looking to join MARA's family of Sponsors for 2020? 

Sponsorships are available for Baseball, Softball, Flag Football and Tackle Football see below for details.

Deadline for Spring Sports is February 22


by posted 02/03/2020
Don't Wait Register Now-Baseball Age 4-12

 Registration for Spring baseball is now open at MARA.  Registration will remain open until February 16, 2020, unless a league reaches capacity prior to that date.  Please do not wait to register your child if you want to be certain they have a spot in the league, because some leagues will definitely fill up prior to that date.  Information regarding assessment times is located below.  If you have any questions, please contact the commissioner of the league your child will be playing in.  Practices will begin the week of February 23, 2020 and opening day of the regular season will be March 14, 2020.

 

Assessments: 2-22-20

6U: Field 7 – 10:00 a.m.

7U: Field 8 – 1:00 p.m.

8U: Field 8 – 10:00 a.m.

9U: Field 1 – 12:00 p.m.

10U: Field 1 – 3:00 p.m.

11U: Field 12 – 1:00 p.m.

12U: Field 12 – 4:00 p.m

Register at http://www.leagueathletics.com?org=MARABASEBALL

 

T-Ball Commissioner  Age 4-5 

Danielle Meadows

704-609-9999

Machine Pitch AAA Commissioner Age-7-8

Kenny Coble

​ekcoble@wjlaw.net

​704-779-8152

Machine Pitch AA Commissioner Age 6-7

Chris Nieder
 
 
980-240-5628
 
 

Minor League Commissioner Age 9-10

Eric Biermann

ericb1213@aol.com

704-200-7413

 

Majors Commissioner Age 11-12

Amy Abbott

704-604-8574


by posted 01/18/2020
Winter Track Registration Now Open
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR WINTER TRACK!! Please see Revised Dates
 
MARA Track will be offering a Winter session -- practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 18
 
Coach LaKisha Willams and her assistant coaches are pleased to announce Open Registration for our Winter Track program at MARA.  Athletes will have an opportunity to find their gift and talent on the track and in the field.  The coaching staff will work with athletes to learn proper warm-up and stretching routines, develop their sprinting and distance-running skills, and get an introduction to field events such as shot put and long jump,
 
The program will run for 10 practices over the course of approximately 5-6 weeks (depending on weather), and will culminate with an end-of-season track meet at Charlotte Christian School's track.  Our program is targeted toward athletes ages 6-13.  Practices are Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The cost for the Winter session is $140.00.  Please visit the Track page at the MARA website (www.marasports.org) for full information and registration.  You may contact Tania Erman, MARA Track Commissioner, if you have any questions at:  

by posted 01/16/2020
MAR Winter Track Program Now Open

MARA Track will be offering a Winter session, starting Tuesday, Tuesday, Feb. 18

 

Coach LaKisha Williams and her assistant coaches are pleased to announce Open Registration for our Winter Track program at MARA. Athletes will have an opportunity to find their gift and talent on the track and in the field.  The coaching staff will work with athletes to learn proper warm-up and stretching routines, develop their sprinting and distance-running skills, and get an introduction to field events such as shot put and long jump.  

 

You can expect our coaches to:

 

- Provide respectful, positive, and fun track-learning experience

- Improve each athlete's technical skills, leadership skills, and conditioning

- Improve each athlete's understanding of track as a team AND individual sport

- Improve each athlete's personal records

- Encourage each athlete to make friends and have fun during their experience

- Introduce Plyometric training

- Explain and improve body control

- Increase each athlete's flexibility, coordination, and endurance

- Encourage each athlete to demonstrate leadership skills

 

 

The program will run for 10 practices over the course of approximately 5-6 weeks (depending on weather), and will culminate with an end of season track meet at Charlotte Christian School’s track. Our program is targeted toward athletes ages 6-13.  The cost for the Winter session is $140.00. The program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, February 18 at 6 pm with the track meet currently scheduled for Saturday, April 4 (subject to change due to CCS Track Schedule - will confirm once session begins). 

 

All Tuesday practices will be at the MARA football field from 6:00-7:00 pm. All Saturday practices will be located at the Charlotte Christian School track/football stadium from 10:00 am – 11:30.  No uniform is required, however athletes should wear gym/phys ed. type clothing and comfortable, well-fitting running shoes. Please contact Tania Erman, MARA Track Commissioner, at with any questions.
 

by posted 01/12/2020
Spring 2020 Baseball Registration Open!!!

Registration for Spring Baseball

Ages 4-16 Now Open

To Register Click HERE

If the link does not work then go to: www.marasports.org

Then click on the Baseball Tab at the top of the page

and then Register Here (in red)


by posted 12/21/2019
Basketball Registration Now Open

 

MARA Basketball (Registration Closes soon to Register Click Here)
 

Skills Assessment 2019/2020*

 
ALL players in Boys' and Girls' Leagues "A" through "D" must participate in a skills assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to allow the coaches to draft teams that are as balanced as possible.  A portion of the assessment will be spent on lay-ups, shooting, dribbling and passing while the other portion will be a controlled scrimmage.  It is important that all kids attend the assessments. 
 
*Ages are as of August 1, 2019 - please make sure that your player attends the correct assessment.

Boys:

 

A League (7/8):

Date:    November 11th (Monday)

Location: Socrates Academy

                (3909 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28105)

Times:    6:30 to 8:00 PM (Arrive at 6:15 to sign in)

 

B League (9/10):

Date:    November 12th (Tuesday)

Location: Crews Rd Rec Center

                (1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, NC 28105)

Times:    6:15 to 7:30 PM (Arrive at 6:00 to sign in)

 

C League (11/12):

Date:    November 12th (Tuesday)

Location: Crews Rd Rec Center

                (1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, NC 28105)

Times:    7:30 to 9:00 PM (Arrive 7:15 to check in)

 

D League (13-15):

Date:    November 16th (Saturday)

Location: Crews Rd Rec Center

                (1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, NC 28105)

Times:    6:15 to 7:30 PM (Arrive at 6:00 to check in)

 

Girls: 

Date:    November 16th (Saturday)

Location: Crews Rd Rec Center

                (1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, NC 28105)

Times:  A (7/8) League (3:30 to 4:45)  B (9-11) League (4:45 to 6:15) Arrive 15 mins early to check in.

           

Co-Ed "AA" League (5-6 year olds): 

Date:   November 16th (Saturday)

Time:  Matthews Elementary

           (200 W McDowell St, Matthews, NC 28105)

Location:  Last Names A - M (9:30 to 10:45)  Last Names N - Z (10:45 to 12:00)

 

Be ready to play. Sneakers must be worn in the gym. Do not bring a basketball.  Water or food are not allowed in the gym.
 
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time so you can check in!!! 

There will also be an opportunity at assessments to double-check your jersey/shorts size (we will have size samples on hand).

 
 

by posted 11/04/2019
Tragic Loss For MARA Please Help

MARA Members:

 

Tragically, we recently lost a dear member of the MARA Family, Matt Fiss. He left behind a wife, Lauren, and three children, Ethan, Carter and Kathryn.  Matt spent many hours volunteering for our organization and helping in any way he could.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to help the family, you can do so by visiting this link  https://www.gofundme.com/f/MatthewFissMemorial or you can write to this address 3544 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28270.

 


by posted 10/08/2019
Map Of Mara Fields


by posted 09/27/2019
Vehicles Parking On Sidewalk (Reminder)

Mara Members:

 The Matthews Police Department has ask MARA to communicate to parents & coaches that when parking in the front parking lot (closest to South Trade Street), vehicles 
SHOULD NOT PARK on the Sidewalk.  There are many citizens who use that sidewalk, including parents pushing strollers, and over the past few weeks, they have observed several vehicles either pulling (straight in parking) to far on to the sidewalk and some (parking parallel) parking half on the side walk and half on the gravel.

They know it is Mara's desire to be "good neighbors", and they do not want to have to issue $50 parking fines, but officers will have to to this if violations continue.


MARA Communications



 


by posted 09/14/2019
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System


WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM

Safety of the players, spectators, and officials is our main concern at MARA
 
 
No weather event is more dangerous than lightning. Because of this
threat, we have installed the Thorguard Lightning Prediction System.
This system can provide advance warning of a lightning hazard, allowing
you the time to seek shelter. The system continually monitors and
evaluates the electrostatic atmosphere and predicts the probability
of a lightning hazard in the immediatearea of our facility.
 
You will be alerted by one loud horn blast that will last 15 seconds.
Upon hearing the horns, everyone should seek shelter immediately.
When this occurs, strobe lights located on the top of the horns
will activate and remain active while under a weather alert.
Every attempt should be made to seek shelter in a safe environment like a permanent building or car. The Thorguard system will determine when conditions are safe to return. Three 5-second blasts will indicate that all is clear and the strobe lights will cease operation.
  
ALWAYS AVOID THE FOLLOWING:   
Athletic Fields & Bleachers
Open Areas
Field Lighting Poles
Isolated Trees
High Elevation
 
Questions regarding Weather and Field Conditions contact
Mara Weather Line: 704-845-6337 or your Commissioners.

 

by posted 09/01/2019
Park Rules

Mara Members:

Lately we are having  problem with families bringing their dogs to games and practices. Mara does not allow dogs in the Park. Please review our park rules before coming to the Park. This is for your safety and the safety of all members.

 

NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park

NO     Inappropriate  Use OF Language

NO     Handguns Or Weapons Of Any Kind

NO     Drugs Allowed In the Park

NO     Alcoholic Beverages

NO     Tobacco Use Of Any Kind (cigarettes, vaporizers, chewing tobacco, etc.)

NO     Bicycles

NO     Motorized Bikes, Go Carts, ATV'S OR Scooters

NO     Skateboards, Hoverboards, Roller blades, or Roller Skates

NO     RC/ Airplanes, Model Rockets  

NO     Fireworks

NO     Kicking or Batting Balls Into Fences

NO     Climbing Fences Or Trees

NO     Climbing On Buildings Or Roofs

NO     Parking on Sidewalks or access road that connects our park with the Courtney Neighborhood (Matthews Police will ticket YOU!

  

Please do not park in the Concession Managers spot she has to unload supplies and needs to park near concessions 

Park at you own risk Mara is not responsible for your  vehicle or you property.

 

Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.

 

Mara Is A Privately Owned And Operated Complex. It Is Not A Public Park. Use of Fields Are For Association Members Only.  Unauthorized Use Of This Property Will Be Viewed As Trespassing.  Violators Will Be Prosecuted For Any Of The Above.     

 


by posted 03/23/2018
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM

Dear MARA Families,

Please do not leave your car in the parking lot as we like to lock the gate at 10pm.  Your car could be subject to be locked in and you would not be able to get it until the following day. Thank you for your coorporation on this. 
 
In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association the finest youth sports organization in the area, we are making several improvements and additions to our park security. These features will protect the organizations assets as well as providing an extra level of safety to you and your children.
First and foremost, many of you may have already noticed the security gates at the park entrance at the stoplight. These gates are currently locked open to allow everyone time to adjust to seeing them. We will begin utilizing these gates on a daily basis on September 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has adopted Park Hours that will be enforced. The new park hours are as follows:

           
Monday – Friday: Park opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm
            Saturday: Park opens at 7:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm
            Sunday: Park opens at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm


There will be numerous signs posted around the park grounds stating the new hours as well as being posted on the MARA website.
During the Winter months (Mid-November through Mid-February) the gates will remain closed on most days as our primary field sports, baseball, softball and football; are off season. During summer months, the weekday hours will adjust to an 8:00 am opening to allow for All Star team practices and to accommodate the numerous summer camps held at MARA.
The upper parking lot will not be gated and will be open year round for MARA members to park and utilize the park grounds during operating hours when the main gates are locked during the Winter.
Our second measure of security is the installation of video surveillance cameras for the park grounds and property. We have a number of cameras that are being installed and will record 24 hours a day to provide video evidence for vandalism, theft and other crimes.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful organization and supporting the new security enhancements to the park!

 


by posted 09/01/2017
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.
Lightning
 

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ

MARA Members,
 
Due to a large number of occurrences of other members’ cars being boxed in, we are being forced to contract with Williams Wrecker towing company in order to tow any car that has boxed in another member’s car.
 
We understand that parking can be problematic at times but the instances we’ve seen in the last few weeks seem to be more around lack of awareness and not taking a few minutes to ensure the cars around you have a way of exiting their spots. Just this past weekend we had a situation that could have turned into a medical emergency as a result of a member’s elderly grandparent being stuck out in the sun and not able to leave for more than 90 minutes due to being boxed in.
 
During the week of April 29
th we will begin posting signs around the parking lots to ensure there is awareness of this need. Once all the signs are in, we will begin towing the situation arises. If your car is towed, you will need to contact Williams Wrecker (704) at 847-9309 to retrieve your vehicle from their facility on Industrial Drive in Matthews. There will be a fee of at least $120.
 
We apologize for having to take this action but out of consideration towards our membership, we feel this is the right action to take. Please use this weekend to start looking around after you park to ensure the cars around you are able to exit.
 
Regards,

The MARA Board


by posted 09/01/2013
Chesney Glen Parking Issue

MARA Members:

I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding our crowded parking lot during the busy fall season. We are hoping to have 40 additional parking spaces on the MARA complex in early 2014 or sooner.

The Mathews Police Department has notified us that anyone parking in the Chesney Glen Subdivision must do so in a fashion that does not impede traffic or visibility into and out of the neighborhood. In addition, anyone parking in front of a residence must stay on the road and not in a yard without blocking access into a driveway.

Any improper parking issue within the Chesney Glen Subdivision can result in a citation and/or towing of a vehicle(s).  


 


by posted 09/01/2013
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