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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

COVID Update

Based on the significant spread of COVID-19 within the state, Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order tightening up the statewide mask mandate. The mask mandate effective Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm requires ALL patrons and employees to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings (including the Crews Recreation Center), even when social distancing is in place. That means that exercisers would have to wear a mask inside a gym while working out. This mask mandate applies to patrons participating in basketball, pickleball, badminton, cheerleading, tai chi and dance fitness activities.

Additionally, the new executive order expands the enforcement of the masking requirement. Both businesses can be cited for noncompliance and individuals can be punished with a Class 2 misdemeanor (could be punished with up to 60 days in jail and fine of $1,000). 

We kindly ask that if you plan to visit and/or participate in any activities at Crews Recreation Center that you protect yourself and others and adhere to the executive order by wearing a mask/face covering while in the facility at ALL times.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Charles A. Smith III, CPRP
Recreation Program Manager
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department
Town of Matthews
1201 Crews Road, Matthews, NC 28105

MARA Basketball, Basketball, Point, Court

Welcome to MARA Basketball

Updated Mara Basketball Assessment Times

Due to Covid Restrictions, Mara basketball assesments will be broken into the following groups

A League(6-8 Year Olds)
Saturday November 14th
3:00-4:00pm 6 Year Olds
4:00-5:00pm 7 Year Olds
5:00pm -6:00pm 8 Year Olds

C/D League(12-15 Year Olds)
Saturday November 14
6:30-7:30 12-13 Year Olds 
7:30-8:30PM 14-15 Year Olds

B League(9-11 Year Olds)
Sunday November 15th

3:00-4:00PM 9 Year Olds
4:00PM -5:00PM 10 Year Olds
5:00-6:00PM 11 Year Olds

All assesments will be at the Crews Road Rec Center behind the Matthews Police Station.  Please do not enter the gym until the group before has left the gym as we are only allowed 25 spectators
Crews Road Rec Center
1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, NC.


MARA Basketball is The Place to Play in South Charlotte!

Boys and Girls ages 5-15 enjoy competitive basketball in a great learning and game environment.

2020-2021 Opening September 13th

Practices start in November.

Games start in December.

To Register Go To Registration Information Tab and Then Choose Available Programs

MARA Winter Basketball 2020-21


Real Games

Real Referees

Real Basketball


Questions:  Contact Overall Commissioner - Andy Hunt EMAIL


Why MARA Basketball? 
Maximum court time and game opportunities.

Structured games like Middle School and High Schools

Certified Referees

No running clock, 4 quarter games

MARA basketball is a true “Teaching League” with strong coaching staffs and plenty of gym time for players to hone their skills. 

Our goal is for players to:

  • Have Fun
  • Learn the Game
  • Create Life Long Memories


Our game schedule features venues made up of the local Middle and High Schools. Professional referees, scoreboards and fans make for an environment that is equal to Middle or High School games.

  • 10-12 Game schedule (32 minute games, and no running clock which is rare
  • All-Star teams named by season end for MARA all-star game 
  • Must play rules in effect - (very helpful on teams of 8 or 9 players)
  • A Great Value and a great way to become a better ballplayer. 
  • Maximum court time for your money.  

Boys A, B, C and Co-ed AA will play MARA only.  Girls and Boys D will play with other Associations.

MARA Basketball is Sponsored By:



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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