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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

MARA Softball, Softball, Run, Field

Summer Camp 2021

We continue to have a terrific season and are now approaching the home stretch! As we think towards summer, MARA will be hosting our annual Softball Summer Camp in partnership with Queens University of Charlotte Softball. 10U, 12U and 14U will include lunch as they run until 2pm.

Registration is now open and can be located on the MARA website under “Camps” or by clicking here:  Softball Camp. The registration fee per player:

  • 8U - $135 with option for pitching lesson at $60, providing 1 additional hour of pitching lessons each day of camp.
  • 10U - $185
  • 12U & 14U - $185

Please contact MARA Commissioner with any questions at [email protected].

Welcome to MARA Softball

MARA Fastpitch Softball is proud to be one of the largest single softball associations in the region. We are a family-focused organization centered on recreational play for girls aged 4 to 18. Matthews-area kids grow up on MARA's fields, as did many of their parents. It's a great place to come and play ball, and a community of families watching their young ballplayers learn and grow in one of the best facilities around. Read on and browse through the categories to the left to learn more.

Our softball teams play ball under the umbrella of Char-Meck Girls Softball, which includes local associations to the south of Charlotte such as Myers Park, South Charlotte, Weddington, Mint Hill and Porter Ridge, to name a few. We field teams based on age at the following levels:

  • 6U
  • 8U
  • 10U
  • 13U
  • 18U

The quality of our coaching is very important; all of our coaches undergo a rigorous background check prior to each season. Our teams play and are coached to ensure the best balance between skill development, fair play and enjoyment of the game. Our strength is our dedicated cast of volunteers who give of their time to make MARA great. Our softball fields are centrally located in Arthur Goodman Park in Matthews, a few steps from a softball-specific bullpen, batting cages, newly contstructed restrooms and a full-service concession stand.

In addition to recreational-level play, MARA Softball has multiple offerings for competitive play via the Challenge and Tournament team programs. These teams play in local weekend tournaments and provide the opportunity for highly skilled players to advance their experience and ability while maintaining their roots at MARA.

MARA's fees for participation are among the most affordable in the area and include uniforms, participation, field use, insurance and umpires. We fully outfit our players with softball pants, jerseys, and socks.

All team practices are held at MARA, as are at least half of every team's games. The average distance to away fields is only nine miles, and the most distant away games are played on the weekend, not during the school week.

If you have any questions about MARA Softball, feel free to contact the Softball Commissioner, Bobby Young, at [email protected]

We hope to see you on the field!

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2021 Spring Challenge Softball

For U8, U10 and U13,& U18 Challenge Teams Registration Only!

Payment Deadline is April 19th

Please do not register if you daughter did not make one of these teams!!

2021 U18 Spring Challenge Softball

Registration closes on 05/31/2021 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 04/10/2021 to 06/06/2021
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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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