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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association



Lightning: The Lightning Safety Warning System is mounted to the roof of the red brick building. This is located centrally in the park between the Babe Ruth Field, main football field, and the lower baseball fields. Parents and players, we ask you to please respect these rules and listen to your coaches for the safety of all.

When the system determines a hazardous condition (lightning) within a 2 mile radius:

  • 15 SECOND LONG air horn blast will sound and STROBE LIGHT will FLASH and REMAIN FLASHING
  • No one should remain on the field or in a dugout
  • Avoid: Athletic Fields & Bleachers
  • Avoid: Open Areas
  • Avoid: Trees
  • Avoid: High Elevations
  • If the light is flashing when you arrive at the park, stay in your car.

 When conditions are safe:

  • You will hear (3) three SHORT 5 second blasts from the air horn and the STROBE LIGHT will STOP FLASHING.  Only then is it safe to return to the field.

Important Note for Coaches:  When the horn sounds you must immediately stop all activities and send your players to their cars or a building. DO NOT stay on the field or in a dugout.  Failure to follow these rules will result in a suspension of coaching privileges

Background Checks:  MARA conducts annual background checks on all coaches and key volunteers.

SafeKids Training:  MARA requires all coaches and key volunteers to complete SafeKids Training to learn how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to abuse in sports. Learn more at US Center for SafeSport

CPR/ AED Training: MARA provides opportunities for free training and encourages all coaches and key volunteers to participate.  There are five AEDs units located at the park.


Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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