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Don't Miss Out On The FUN!
01/27/2021
  Don’t Miss Out On The FUN! Register for SPRING BASEBALL...
MARA Update - April 7
04/07/2020
MARA Members, I hope this email finds you and your families well....
Map Of Mara Fields
09/27/2019
Vehicles Parking On Sidewalk (Reminder)
09/14/2019
Mara Members:  The Matthews Police Department has...
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System
09/01/2019
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
Park Rules
03/23/2018
Mara Members: Lately we are having  problem with...
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM
09/01/2017
Dear MARA Families, Please do not leave your car in the parking...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
09/19/2016
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ
09/01/2013
MARA Members,   Due to a large number of occurrences of other...
Chesney Glen Parking Issue
09/01/2013
MARA Members: I hope everyone is enjoying the season! Thank...
 
Don't Miss Out On The FUN!

 

Don’t Miss Out On The FUN!
Register for SPRING BASEBALL and SOFTBALL

 

Registration Closes Soon!
Register at www.marasports.org
 
 
Softball Registration closes February 7 for 8U and up
Assessments on Saturday, February 13 on Field 4
Check website for details!
 
*SOFTBALL TRY-IT DAY* 
for girls new to softball who are looking to learn about the
program and are considering playing 
Please email the commissioner to confirm interest at  .
It will be held Saturday, January 30th at the following times and age groups:
* 6U - 12pm on Field 4
* 8U and 10U - 1:15pm on Field 4

6U season will start approximately 3 weeks after the older age group.
Practices to begin (approximately) the week of March 8th. 
 
Baseball Registration closes February 18
Assessments on Saturday, February 20, 2021
Machine Pitch - 6 Year Olds 
Any player born 05/01/2014 - 04/30/2015
Field 7, Check in by Main concession/Playground Area
Please arrive 30 minutes early for check in. We will start at 10am and 11:15am
10am A-J Last Name
11:15am K-Z Last Name
 
Machine Pitch - 7 Year Olds
Any Player born 05/01/2013 - 04/30/2014
Field 8, Check in by Main concession/Playground Area
Please arrive 30 minutes early for check in. We will start at 1pm and 2:15pm.
1:00pm A-J Last Name
2:15pm- K-Z Last Name
 
Machine Pitch - 8 Year Olds
Any player born 05/01/2012 - 04/30/2013
Field 8, Check in by Main concession/Playground Area
Please arrive 30 minutes early for check in. We will start at 10am and 11:15am.
10am- A-J Last Name
11:15am- K- Z Last Name
 
Minors - 9 Year Olds
Any player born 05/01/2011 - 04/30/2012
Field 1, Check in at tent by the Top Parking Lot
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check in. We will start at 9am and 11am. 
9am- A-J Last Name
11am- K-Z Last Name
 
Minors - 10 Year Olds
Any player born 05/01/2010 - 04/30/2011
Field 1, Check in at tent by the Top Parking Lot
Please arrive at least15 minutes early for check in. We will start at 1pm and 3pm.
1pm- A-J Last Name
3pm- K-Z Last Name
 
Majors - 11 Year Olds @ 2pm
Any player born 05/01/2009 - 04/30/2010
Field 12, Check in by Small Concession
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check in. We will start at 2pm.
 
Majors - 12 Year Olds @ 3pm
Any player born 05/01/2008 - 04/30/2009
Field 12, Check in by Small Concession
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check in. We will start at 3pm.
 
T-ball does not assess
In order to avoid crowds, times will be divided according to last name. Stay tuned.
 
Little League Baseball 13-16 
Registration closes on March 8, 2021
Assessments on Saturday, March 13 on field 2
Check website for more details
Junior League 13-14 and Senior Division 15-16
 
Register at www.marasports.org
 
Questions?
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MARA - Arthur Goodman Park - 1200 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105

by posted 01/27/2021
MARA Update - April 7

MARA Members,

I hope this email finds you and your families well. The MARA Board continues to monitor the recommendations of Mecklenburg County Health Dept, State of North Carolina and CDC as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to develop. In keeping with the requirements of State of North Carolina’s Executive Order No.121 issued on March 27, 2020, MARA will delay the start of the spring sports season to at least May 1, 2020 to stay in compliance with Governor Cooper's request.

It is the desire of the MARA Board to continue to monitor this situation and adapt. At no time to do we desire to put our members, volunteers or parents at risk. With that said we do plan to continue with our spring season when able. 

Please continue to stay safe, follow the North Carolina Stay at Home Order, and follow the guidelines from the CDC for Covid-19 to navigate thru this difficult time.

Thank you,

Anthony Andujar

MARA President 2019-20


by posted 04/07/2020
Map Of Mara Fields


by posted 09/27/2019
Vehicles Parking On Sidewalk (Reminder)

Mara Members:

 The Matthews Police Department has ask MARA to communicate to parents & coaches that when parking in the front parking lot (closest to South Trade Street), vehicles 
SHOULD NOT PARK on the Sidewalk.  There are many citizens who use that sidewalk, including parents pushing strollers, and over the past few weeks, they have observed several vehicles either pulling (straight in parking) to far on to the sidewalk and some (parking parallel) parking half on the side walk and half on the gravel.

They know it is Mara's desire to be "good neighbors", and they do not want to have to issue $50 parking fines, but officers will have to to this if violations continue.


MARA Communications



 


by posted 09/14/2019
Just a Reminder Lightning Warning System


WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM

Safety of the players, spectators, and officials is our main concern at MARA
 
 
No weather event is more dangerous than lightning. Because of this
threat, we have installed the Thorguard Lightning Prediction System.
This system can provide advance warning of a lightning hazard, allowing
you the time to seek shelter. The system continually monitors and
evaluates the electrostatic atmosphere and predicts the probability
of a lightning hazard in the immediatearea of our facility.
 
You will be alerted by one loud horn blast that will last 15 seconds.
Upon hearing the horns, everyone should seek shelter immediately.
When this occurs, strobe lights located on the top of the horns
will activate and remain active while under a weather alert.
Every attempt should be made to seek shelter in a safe environment like a permanent building or car. The Thorguard system will determine when conditions are safe to return. Three 5-second blasts will indicate that all is clear and the strobe lights will cease operation.
  
ALWAYS AVOID THE FOLLOWING:   
Athletic Fields & Bleachers
Open Areas
Field Lighting Poles
Isolated Trees
High Elevation
 
Questions regarding Weather and Field Conditions contact
Mara Weather Line: 704-845-6337 or your Commissioners.

 

by posted 09/01/2019
Park Rules

Mara Members:

Lately we are having  problem with families bringing their dogs to games and practices. Mara does not allow dogs in the Park. Please review our park rules before coming to the Park. This is for your safety and the safety of all members.

 

NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park

NO     Inappropriate  Use OF Language

NO     Handguns Or Weapons Of Any Kind

NO     Drugs Allowed In the Park

NO     Alcoholic Beverages

NO     Tobacco Use Of Any Kind (cigarettes, vaporizers, chewing tobacco, etc.)

NO     Bicycles

NO     Motorized Bikes, Go Carts, ATV'S OR Scooters

NO     Skateboards, Hoverboards, Roller blades, or Roller Skates

NO     RC/ Airplanes, Model Rockets  

NO     Fireworks

NO     Kicking or Batting Balls Into Fences

NO     Climbing Fences Or Trees

NO     Climbing On Buildings Or Roofs

NO     Parking on Sidewalks or access road that connects our park with the Courtney Neighborhood (Matthews Police will ticket YOU!

  

Please do not park in the Concession Managers spot she has to unload supplies and needs to park near concessions 

Park at you own risk Mara is not responsible for your  vehicle or you property.

 

Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.

 

Mara Is A Privately Owned And Operated Complex. It Is Not A Public Park. Use of Fields Are For Association Members Only.  Unauthorized Use Of This Property Will Be Viewed As Trespassing.  Violators Will Be Prosecuted For Any Of The Above.     

 


by posted 03/23/2018
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM

Dear MARA Families,

Please do not leave your car in the parking lot as we like to lock the gate at 10pm.  Your car could be subject to be locked in and you would not be able to get it until the following day. Thank you for your coorporation on this. 
 
In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association the finest youth sports organization in the area, we are making several improvements and additions to our park security. These features will protect the organizations assets as well as providing an extra level of safety to you and your children.
First and foremost, many of you may have already noticed the security gates at the park entrance at the stoplight. These gates are currently locked open to allow everyone time to adjust to seeing them. We will begin utilizing these gates on a daily basis on September 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has adopted Park Hours that will be enforced. The new park hours are as follows:

           
Monday – Friday: Park opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm
            Saturday: Park opens at 7:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm
            Sunday: Park opens at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm


There will be numerous signs posted around the park grounds stating the new hours as well as being posted on the MARA website.
During the Winter months (Mid-November through Mid-February) the gates will remain closed on most days as our primary field sports, baseball, softball and football; are off season. During summer months, the weekday hours will adjust to an 8:00 am opening to allow for All Star team practices and to accommodate the numerous summer camps held at MARA.
The upper parking lot will not be gated and will be open year round for MARA members to park and utilize the park grounds during operating hours when the main gates are locked during the Winter.
Our second measure of security is the installation of video surveillance cameras for the park grounds and property. We have a number of cameras that are being installed and will record 24 hours a day to provide video evidence for vandalism, theft and other crimes.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful organization and supporting the new security enhancements to the park!

 


by posted 09/01/2017
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.
Lightning
 

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ

MARA Members,
 
Due to a large number of occurrences of other members’ cars being boxed in, we are being forced to contract with Williams Wrecker towing company in order to tow any car that has boxed in another member’s car.
 
We understand that parking can be problematic at times but the instances we’ve seen in the last few weeks seem to be more around lack of awareness and not taking a few minutes to ensure the cars around you have a way of exiting their spots. Just this past weekend we had a situation that could have turned into a medical emergency as a result of a member’s elderly grandparent being stuck out in the sun and not able to leave for more than 90 minutes due to being boxed in.
 
During the week of April 29
th we will begin posting signs around the parking lots to ensure there is awareness of this need. Once all the signs are in, we will begin towing the situation arises. If your car is towed, you will need to contact Williams Wrecker (704) at 847-9309 to retrieve your vehicle from their facility on Industrial Drive in Matthews. There will be a fee of at least $120.
 
We apologize for having to take this action but out of consideration towards our membership, we feel this is the right action to take. Please use this weekend to start looking around after you park to ensure the cars around you are able to exit.
 
Regards,

The MARA Board


by posted 09/01/2013
Chesney Glen Parking Issue

MARA Members:

I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding our crowded parking lot during the busy fall season. We are hoping to have 40 additional parking spaces on the MARA complex in early 2014 or sooner.

The Mathews Police Department has notified us that anyone parking in the Chesney Glen Subdivision must do so in a fashion that does not impede traffic or visibility into and out of the neighborhood. In addition, anyone parking in front of a residence must stay on the road and not in a yard without blocking access into a driveway.

Any improper parking issue within the Chesney Glen Subdivision can result in a citation and/or towing of a vehicle(s).  


 


by posted 09/01/2013
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