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Spring Challenge Softball
MARA Challenge Softball  Challenge Softball provides an...
Do You Want to Sponsor Your Child's Team - Now Is The Time!
Have You Ever Thought About Sponsoring Your Child's Team......Now...
Spring 2018 MARA Softball
​Spring 2018 Recreational Softball Open Practices As the weather...
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Spring Challenge Softball

MARA Challenge Softball 

Challenge Softball provides an opportunity for the above-average recreational player to play in tournaments against a higher-level of competition, without having to play on a tournament-only travel team. In Sping 2018, MARA will again participate in the Char-Meck Challenge Softball Program, competing in tournaments during the recreational softball season against Challenge Teams from the other Char-Meck Softball Associations. MARA plans to field at least one Challenge Team at each of the 8U, 10U and 13U levels depending on player interest and coach availability.

  • Two tournaments will be held on Sundays during the recreational season. Dates for the Spring tournaments are TBD. Possible locations include MARA, South Charlotte, Weddington, and Indian Trail. Players must commit to both tournaments.
  • Practices for the Challenge teams will typically be once per week, usually on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon.
  • Tournament play starts with two pool games in the morning, followed by single elimination bracket games in the afternoon. Teams are guaranteed to play at least 3 games in each tournament. Medals are given for 1st and 2nd place.
  • The exact cost for Challenge Softball has not been determined, but will likely be around $75 - $100 per player for the jersey and both tournaments.
  • Challenge Tryouts is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th at the following times
    • 8U - 1 PM
    • 10U – 2:30 PM
    • 13U – 4 PM
  • Team selection will be based on the try-outs, past performance, and positional needs.
  • If your daughter is interested in trying-out for the MARA Challenge team, please notify Softball Commissioner Chang Zeng at mara_softball@live.com.

by posted 02/15/2018
Do You Want to Sponsor Your Child's Team - Now Is The Time!

Have You Ever Thought About Sponsoring Your Child's Team......Now Is The Time!

Every year, when teams are determined or uniforms are handed out, we field requests from parents to sponsor their child’s team. This can sometimes be too late in the process given the turnaround times for ordering and printing of uniforms.  

Sponsorship of your child’s team is a Silver Level at $650 which includes the following for the spring season:

• Team sponsorship of spring season (name on back of jersey)

• Company name on 3’ x 5’ field sign (we will design banner if needed)

• Company supplied information in registration packages (approx. 850)

• Name included on two (2) Sponsor Walls at complex

• Company name listed as sponsor in monthly newsletter (8x/year)

• Wall plaque with spring team picture to display at place of business

• Company name listed on rotating banner on homepage of MARA website

• Hyperlink to your company's website on MARA's sponsors tab on website

• Recognition Emblem to display at place of business


Your sponsorship will help to ensure we continue to provide an affordable recreation outlet and learning experience to our community kids. Please contact Monique Brooks, Sponsorship Director at msbrooks4@carolina.rr.com or 980-297-1308 for more information.

by posted 01/16/2018
Spring 2018 MARA Softball

Spring 2018 Recreational Softball Open Practices

As the weather warms up, MARA will be holding 3 (weather permitting) open practices for players 8U and above. These practices are held to give the girls an opportunity to get back out on the field and get some reps in prior to assessments and the start of the season. Practices will be for fun and minor conditioning. They will also get an opportunity to get to know some of the returning coaches. 

Email announcements for the open practices will be sent 3-5 days prior to the practice. Please check back often for the practice announcements. 

Open Practice Dates: 

1. Practice 1 - Saturday, January 20th from 3PM to 5PM. 

2. Practice 2 - On MARA Field 4

8U - Saturday, February 3 from 12 PM to 2 PM

10U - Friday, February 2 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM  

13U - Saturday, February 3 from 2 PM to 4 PM

3. Practice 3 - TBD


Spring 2018 Recreational Softball Program 

The Fall 2017 recreational softball season came to a successful conclusion in late October for over 150 girls playing MARA Softball at the 6u, 8u, 10u, and 13u levels.  MARA teams advanced to the Char-Meck Softball championship games in both 10u and 13u.  More importantly, however, all the MARA teams exhibited the positive attitude and sportsmanship that is the cornerstone of MARA Softball.  Registration for the Spring 2018 softball season is now open. Assessments and practices are scheduled for mid-February.  The tentative schedule is shown below:

Tentative Spring 2018 Softball Schedule (all dates subject to change):

12/15/2017  - Online registration opens.

2/15/2018 - Online registration closes for 8u and above (NOTE - some levels may close before this date)

2/17/2018 - Assessments for 8u and above

2/21/2018 - Practices begin for 8u and above

3/8/2018 - Registration closes for 6u (T-ball) Softball

3/10/2018 - Practices begin for 6u (T-ball) Softball

3/14/2018 - Coaches Meeting/Game schedule released by Char-Meck Softball (at www.charmecksoftball.org) for 8u and above

3/17/2018 - Games begin for 8u and above (12-game schedule)

3/29/2018 - 4/8/2018 - CMS/UCPS Spring Break

4/13/2018 - Games begin for 6u Softball

5/12/2018 - Start of (Double-Elimination End) of Season (EOS) Tournament for 8u and above

6/03/2018 - EOS Tournament Championship Games (no games over Memorial Day Weekend)

If you have any questions, please contact the MARA Softball Commissioner at .  


The 2018 MARA Softball staff:

Commissioner Chang Zeng:    704-941-0483

Past Commissioner Paul Sullivan:    704-591-2990

Assoc. Comm./Field Coordinator Melissa Williams: 

by posted 12/05/2017
Map Of Mara Fields

by posted 12/03/2017
NOW OPEN - The MARA Softball Fan Wear Store

NOW OPEN - The NEW MARA Softball Fan Wear Store 

Visit the MARA Softball TAB on our website and click the Softball Online Store button in the left hand column. Here you will find an assortment of apparel and gear items to show your MARA Softball pride! Many items can be personalized on the back with a player's name. 

Orders will be available for pick-up at our Main Concession Stand during the season. Turnaround time is about 14 days. You will be notified when item(s) are ready for pick-up.

Check back periodically as new items will be added. 


Any questions, email 

by posted 10/12/2017
Field Maintenance

Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance
Weather Line 704-847-0752 Select Option # 2

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  • Check MARA Website of Call Weather Line to determine if fields are open.
  • DO NOT practice or play on a field with standing water.
  • DO NOT remove wet dirt from the mound, home plate or baseline.
  • Please do all warm up exercises in the outfield, but DO NOT have players stand on painted outfield lines.
  • DO NOT use the fences for soft toss, pepper or to throw against.
  • Please try to rotate dugouts used for practice!!!!!
Post Game Maintenance




  • Rake and level home plate area…fill and tamp holes with rake.
  • Rake and level pitcher’s mound and bullpen…fill and tamp with rake.Rubber and pitching landing area, and then wet the mound thoroughly (fields 1, 12, 13 and Babe Ruth)
  • Rake and level around all bases-DO NOT rakedirt into grass area.
  • Broom drag infield dirt. DO NOTdrag dirt into grass area. (keep broom on the dirt)
  • DO NOTdrag the brooms down the baselines on fields 1, 12, 13.
  • DO NOT allow players to practice swing in grass in front of dugouts (keep players in the gravel areas)
  • Clean dugouts areas – throw all trash and litter into trash cans.
  • Turn off the field lights (after the game)
  • Notify Commissioners of your league of any problems.
Please remember that any failure to properly take care of the fields can affect other players and coaches the next day. Help keep this facility in good shape for all users. 




by posted 10/01/2011
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