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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

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Please read the following information carefully

We offer several divisions of play for tackle football.    The youngest age group is called Tiny-Mite and it is the only group where player weight is incorporated in the requirements for play.  All other groups have no weight restriction.  Please see the chart below for information on our divisions of play:

Ages & Weight Division - Tackle Football:

 Age/Weight DivisionAge(s)** Certification Weight  End of Season Weight
 TINY-MITE 5-6-7* 35-80 lbs. 89 lbs.


Age- Based Division - Tackle Football:

Division
Ages**
(9U)
7*-8-9
(10U)
8-9-10
(11U)
9-10-11
(12U)
10-11-12
(13U)
11-12-13


**A player's age is based on their age on July 31 as this will his/her age for the season.
*All seven (7)-year old players will be placed into the Tiny-Mite Division UNLESS they exceed the weight limit for the Tiny-Mite division.


We plan to field as many teams as possible each year, but we are limited by the number of volunteer coaches, the number of players who sign up as well as the Pop Warner administrative deadlines required to certify each team.  Once we reach our maximum capacity for each level of play, we are regrettably forced to create waiting lists or turn players away.

To successfully register for football, parents must complete the steps below.  Please pay attention to the specific instructions for each step.  Your child will not be allowed to participate in our program until registration is 100% correct and complete.  Getting all the forms submitted with the correct information can mean the difference between getting your child successfully registered and being disqualified from participating altogether.

Due to the amount of paperwork involved with Pop Warner it is very important that you take time to read the bullet points below to make sure all required documents are completed (signed and legible).   

You can find all of the documents under the forms tab, fill them out, print & sign.

  • Pop Warner Participant Contract and Parental Consent Form*
  • Pop Warner Physical Fitness and Medical History Form*
  • Parent and Player Code of Ethics*
  • Parent/Coach Communication Plan*
  • 2023/2024 Full Year Report Card*
  • Copy of the Player's Birth Certificate*#
  • Equipment Deposit Check $175.00 (we hold it as a security deposit)*

*These forms must be submitted by July 21, 2024.

# A copy of the birth certificate can be used to register your child.  However, if your child's team makes the playoffs, a certified copy is required or your child is ineligible

Registration Fee:
Fee is $350.00 to play.  There may be a late fee for registrations after July 15.  The fees include the use of a helmet, game day pants, and jersey.  Player will be required to provide practice pants, cleats, and a mouth piece (need two and they must be colored).

Pop Warner Physicals:
A Pop Warner physical is required for each player.   You may choose to use your own physician.  Please note the 2024 Pop Warner Physical form MUST be signed by your physician, as Pop Warner only accepts their forms. Pop Warner requires that the physical be completed during the 2024 calendar year.

Financial Aid Available:
Click on financial aid application or contact [email protected] for more information


Refund Policy:
After July 1 - NO REFUNDS will be given 

Important Dates:
Dates that you need to know


Middle School Football Policy:
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FAQs:
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2024 Tackle Football

MARA is one of 15 associations participating in the Pop Warner Little Panthers League in the greater Charlotte area.  

Practice begins August 1 and games begin in late August or early September. 

There are (currently) four (4) age divisions of play (we may add additional teams in other age divisions depending on registration numbers) :

  • Tiny-Mites is the youngest level of football that we offer. Ages range from 5 to 7 years old with weights of 35-80 lbs.

  • 9U is for ages 7-8-9 - no weight restrictions

  • 10U is for ages 8-9-10 - no weight restrictions

  • 11U is for ages 9-10-11 - no weight restrictions

  • 12U is for ages 10-11-12 - no weight restrictions

  • 13U is for ages 11-12-13 - no weight restrictions

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, we will provide a refund of the total registration fee, LESS A $50 Admin Fee. Otherwise, we do not provide any refunds for a player withdrawing from the program

Tiny-Mite

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$350.00

Age Based U9

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$350.00

Age Based U10

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$350.00

Age Based U11

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$0.00

Age Based U12

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$350.00

Age Based U13

Registration closes on 07/19/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/10/2024
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$350.00

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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