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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:


**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.

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 completely and correctly (signed and legible).   

All paperwork will be collected during one of our onsite registrations.  You can find all of these 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*
  • 2022/2023 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 25, 2023.

# 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 9.  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 2023 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 2023 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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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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