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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Welcome to MARA T-Ball

Single A (T-Ball)

Mission: Teach sportsmanship, teamwork, begin to develop basic baseball skills and most importantly... HAVE FUN!!!!
 

T-Ball is the first "Team Sport" experience for many children and our goal is to make that experience a great one. To support this goal, the objectives of the T-Ball program are to teach sportsmanship, teamwork, and begin to develop basic baseball skills. To ensure we focus on these objectives, no score is kept in T-Ball. In this learning environment, the younger players will be nurtured with a batting tee and more experienced children will be allowed to hit a pitched ball (machine pitch).

 
MARA T-Ball has been a terrific experience for the children, but we can’t provide this experience without volunteers. All parents are encouraged to participate in some fashion, whether as a coach, team parent, dugout helper.  WE NEED COACHES!  YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW BASEBALL TO COACH TBALL!  EVERY PRACTICE/GAME WILL HAVE AT LEAST 5 HELPERS.
 
 
If you would like to be a head coach. Please contact me Mitch Lebowitz: [email protected] As a coach you have a lot of flexibility. You get to pick every practice day and time, as well as games.
 
 
If there is a certain coach or player you want to play with, please put this in the special needs/requests section when you register as I receive too many emails to keep track of everyone's wants and needs, thanks. 

This year we will do our best to keep younger kids on one team and older kids on another team. This is more for safety. Based on the age requirement we will have some 3 year old's and potentially some 6 year old's that have never played before. We will do the best we can to put you on a team that you want but just know we will go by your child's age first and then have requests after that. Thank you for understanding.
 
 

Thanks to all who participate as volunteers in making our league a success. Without your help it would not be possible. 

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Information Sheet

 

T-Ball may be the first "team activity" experience many children/parents have and our goal is to make that experience a great one. Our primary focus is to have fun while introducing the sport as a game to enjoy.  Our focus will be on teaching listening skills, running the bases, learning how to properly throw, catch and hit.  At this level, “if wiling” the parents are heavily involved in both practices / games.  Volunteers can be full or part time – Coaches and Team Mom / dugout helpers.

Baseball rules - we are  flexible, i.e., you may see 5 Outfielders, 3 Pitchers and a parent helping 1-2 players in the field.  The goal is to keep the players active and involved. 

Coaches’ clinic - the commissioner will run a mandatory coach's clinic for all head coaches and assistants.  I will share “lessons learned & best practices;” I will cover the key fundamentals of the game and how to make practice fun and engaging for all levels of players.  I will show you how to create a practice & game schedule and keep parents updated. Parents can expect no more than two baseball practices/games each week lasting an hour.   Our schedule will be front loaded with practices before we play games.

How to prepare for T-ball?  Use a tennis ball and introduce a “game” of bouncing the ball against a wall (without a glove).  This simple repetitive action will support our efforts moving forward. The more you work with your child, the better their experience will be! You can also use the soft T-balls as well. 

 

T-Ball FAQs and Dates:

  1. Boy/Girl ages 4 & 5 as of  4/30/2023 – Cost is $175.  This includes Hat & Shirt, T-balls, trophies and use of field. NOTE: If you do not see Tball as an option, this means your child is league age 6 and must sign up for AA. It will be determined by coaches at assessments if your child can play down in T-ball. It is recommended that those who are league age 6 attend the next generation camp if parents are on the fence about whether their child should play T-ball or AA. 

  2. Glove (soft, but not too small) Bat (don’t spend a lot); Gym Shoes/Rubber Spikes; Helmet, Baseball Pants ok, but not provided. Wal-Mart or Dicks usually have what you need.

  3. Registration is open  - Don’t wait, teams fill up fast.

  4. Coaches will call/email parents week of TBD.  NOTE** Coaches will provide game schedules and practice schedules once teams are made. Once teams are finalized, the coaches will reach out to parents via email a few days after registration has closed. 

  5. Start of season  – TBD. More than likely practice for T-ball; usually one night a week M-F - start at 6pm- 7pm practices (time may vary depending on your coach); and games on Saturdays usually sometime between 9-1pm(Location - Arthur Goodman Park, 1200 S. Trade St.

    Refund Policy
    Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) incurs various league, medical, security, uniform, insurance, and administrative fees which are not refundable to the organization.  Therefore, if you withdraw your player fifteen (15) days or more before the stated registration period closes for a sport/program, we will provide a refund of the total registration fee, LESS A $50 Processing Fee.  Otherwise, we do not provide any refunds for a player withdrawing from the program.


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T-Ball Commissioner-


Mitch Lebowitz
[email protected]
704-608-5758

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Locations

Arthur Goodman Park

1200 S Trade Street Matthews North Carolina United States 28105

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Field 1 Connolly Orthodontics

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Field 2 Johnson Volvo Cars Charlotte

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Field 4 Elevation Church

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Field 5 Harris Teeter

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Field 8 Woodplay of the Carolinas

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Field 9 Elevation Church

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Field 12 Star Orthodontics

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Main Football Field

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Crown Point Elementary School

3335 Sam Newell Road Matthews North Carolina United States 28105

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Poplin Elementary

5627 Poplin Road Indian Trail North Carolina United States 28079

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Matthews Elementary

200 East McDowell Street Matthews North Carolina United States 28105

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Lansdowne Elementary

6400 Prett Court Charlotte North Carolina United States 28270

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Community House Middle School

9500 Community House Road Charlotte North Carolina United States 28277

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Contact

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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