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Youth Baseball & Softball

The Nationals are committed to promoting youth baseball and softball throughout the National Capital region.

Washington Nationals Rookie League

The Nationals sponsor the Washington Nationals Rookie League in partnership with D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. This league is open to children who live in areas of the District that have limited access to recreational baseball and softball opportunities. The team provides uniform tops for all participants and Nationals tickets for the league.

Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Clinics

Youth baseball and softball athletes from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia as well as local military children take part in free clinics at Nationals Park throughout the season. Participants receive hands-on instruction from Nationals coaches, who offer tips on the art of batting, fielding, pitching and base running.

  • Field Maintenance Clinic - Developed in 2013, the Nationals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) partner to host the Field Maintenance Clinic at Nationals Park. Nationals groundskeepers instruct adult representatives from local youth baseball and softball leagues on the fundamentals of groundskeeping, including proper maintenance techniques to keep fields in playable condition. BTF also provides a $10,000 grant to a local non-profit organization for the upkeep and renovation of a baseball field in the District of Columbia. Registration is not open to the public.
  • Medstar Youth Baseball Clinics - The Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball programs around the D.C. region. Nationals' players and coaches work with local youth baseball coaches in presenting clinics to children ages eight through 14. Clinics are free and include on-field instruction as well as four tickets to a Nationals home game and a post-clinic autograph session with a Nationals player. Registration is not open to the public.
  • MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition - The MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) program provides children ages seven through 14 the opportunity to showcase their baseball talents in a free nationwide skills competition. The winners move on to the national finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Contact your local youth baseball or softball organization for further details.
  • Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Clinic - In coordination with the MLBPAA, the Nationals host the Legends for Youth Clinic for DC-area youth ages eight through 14. Registration is not open to the public.
  • PLAY Clinic - Developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004, PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) was designed to encourage youth throughout the country to be active, eat right, sustain a healthy lifestyle and stay away from performance enhancing drugs. During the clinic local youth ages eight through 14 participate in baseball training and receive lessons on health and conditioning from Nationals players and trainers as well as PLAY staff. Registration is not open to the public.
  • Strength and Conditioning Clinic - Strength and Conditioning Coach John Philbin conducts a strength and fitness clinic for competitive high school age players. During the two-hour session student-athletes, in the Washington D.C. area, learn various baseball specific exercises, drills and techniques to maintain and enhance their body through the rigors of a baseball season. Registration is not open to the public.

Washington Nationals Champions Day

The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. On two pre-selected dates during the season, eligible teams are invited to Nationals Park to participate in an on-field, pregame recognition ceremony. Teams receive a receive a DVD copy of the Champions Day pregame ceremony, team picture at Nationals Park, a Washington Nationals Champions Day T-shirt and a discounted ticket loaded with a special meal deal.

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