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Nationals Summer Camps

Philosophy

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At Nationals Baseball Camps, we're dedicated to the idea of bringing out the personal best in high potential kids and teens. We understand that all children, given the right support structures, have high potential. Inherent to this purpose is a recognition of the unique gifts and skills in each of our campers and athletes, as well as an awareness that to best coach them we have to engage with them, understand them, and meet them where they are on their developmental journey.

The Super Six are a foundation of solid leadership building blocks we use to train our coaches, design our curriculum and engage with campers. These life skills are based in well-established, developmental research and social science. Each of our Nationals Baseball Camp activities and experiences are built upon The Super Six, enabling kids to reinforce life-enhancing skills while having fun, making memories and building the fundamentals of their baseball skills.

The Super Six

Emotional Mastery - "Express Yourself" Kids that are able to identify and communicate their emotions build healthier relationships and avoid the frustrations of feeling misunderstood.

Optimism - "You Choose the Frame" Viewing life through an optimistic lens helps young people achieve at higher levels and avoid the struggles brought on by negative thinking.

Resiliency - "Bounce, Don't Break" Learning how to rebound from setbacks is an important component of building confidence and an integral part of personal development.

Self-Efficacy - "Make Your Difference" Kids with the awareness that they have the power within themselves to create change and new outcomes in their life are more confident and develop a greater sense of responsibility for their future.

Hope & Goal Setting - "See it to be it" Goal setting teaches kids important skills such as focus, decision-making and communication. Studies have strongly linked goal setting to both high levels of achievement and long-term happiness.

Grit & Determination - "Practice is Perfect" With the right exposure to apprenticeship and preparation, kids can learn the important relationship between practice and self-mastery. This teaches tenacity and how to achieve their personal best.

Locations

Please see below for camp locations in the DC Metro area. All camps run from 9:00am - 3:00pm. We also offer Extended Day programs:

  • Morning Extended Care (7:30-9:00 am) can be added for an additional $50 for the entire week.
  • Afternoon Extended Care (3:00-6:00 pm) can be added for an additional $125 for the entire week.
  • Extended Day is available on a weekly and daily basis. If interested, please add "Extended Day" for your camper(s) during the enrollment process or by calling our office to add it at any time, including during the week of camp - or even the same day.

2016 Nationals Camps Schedule
Dates Location Venue Camp Type
June 27 - July 1, 2016 Alexandria, VA Lee Recreation Center
6601 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310
World Series Experience
July 11 - July 15, 2016 Bethesda, MDNorwood School
8821 River Road
Bethesda, MD, 29817
World Series Experience
July 18 - July 22, 2016 Bethesda, MDNorwood School
8821 River Road
Bethesda, MD, 29817
World Series Experience
July 25 - July 29, 2016 Washington, DC St. Albans School
3001 Mount Saint Alban
Washington, DC 20016
Presidential Package
August 1 - August 5, 2016 Oakton, VAFlint Hill School - Upper School
3320 Jermantown Rd
Oakton, VA 22124
World Series Experience
August 8 - August 12, 2016 Alexandria, VA Episcopal High School of Virginia
1200 N Quaker Ln
Alexandria, VA 22302
World Series Experience
August 15 - August 19, 2016 Bethesda, MDNorwood School
8821 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
Presidential Package

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Curriculum

The curriculum for Nationals Baseball Camps is designed and implemented by our Director of Curriculum Roc Murray, a highly decorated baseball coach and professional scout from California. Roc has coached, tutored, and trained ballplayers at various levels of age and skill for the past 30 years with incredible distinction. His experience and recognition includes:

  • 30+ years experience as a high school coach and teacher
  • ABCA/Diamond High School Division II West Region Coach of the Year
  • California Coaches Association Coach of the Year
  • MLB Scout
  • Curriculum and training implementation for various NCAA teams

FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions regarding our camp program. If you cannot find the answer to your question, or would like to speak with someone in more detail, please contact us at info@natssummercamps.com or 202-715-6683.

Camp Basics

What are the camp hours?
Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Note: a Nationals Baseball Camps uniform and hat will be provided to each player during the morning of the first day of camp. Your child should bring:

  • Baseball glove
  • Cleats and athletic shoes (please bring sneakers so that your camper is able to participate fully in indoor activities in the event of inclement weather)
  • Sunscreen (spray sunscreen is recommended over lotion)
  • Lunch in a lunch bag labeled clearly with the camper's name
  • Water bottle to be refilled throughout the day (we provide plenty of water at all times)

We have helmets, bats and catcher's gear available for campers to use if they do not bring their own.

What is the age range for campers? Do campers need prior baseball experience?
All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grades are welcome at Nationals Camps. We do not have ability or experience requirements; we welcome ballplayers of all levels of experience and skill.

Do you separate children by age and grade?
We do. All Nationals campers are separated into divisions based on their rising grade. Campers take part in drills and competitions within their division, to ensure the best possible competitive balance for a fun and developmental experience while at camp.

Can my child be on the same team as his friend/teammate/sibling?
Yes! During our registration process, you may submit up to three (3) teammate requests per child. You will be asked to provide the name of the teammate you are requesting, as well as an email address of the child's parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will receive an email prompting them to sign up for camp using a provided registration code, and the teammate request will register in our system.

If your child's friend(s) register for camp without using the teammate request code, please contact us at least 10 days prior to camp and we will manually input the request into our system.

Please note: We do not guarantee that all teammate requests will be fulfilled. We will do our best to make sure friends and teammates are paired together on the same team at camp.

What is the camper to counselor ratio at Nationals Baseball Camps?
We aim to provide an environment where campers are able to benefit from individual and small group learning and instruction. For our younger campers (6 and under), our goal is to maintain a camper to counselor ratio of approximately 7:1. For older campers (7 and up), the approximate ratio is 9:1.

Registration

Can my child be on the same team as his friend/teammate/sibling?
Yes! During our registration process, you may submit up to three (3) teammate requests per child. You will be asked to provide the name of the teammate you are requesting, as well as an email address of the child's parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will receive an email prompting them to sign up for camp using a provided registration code, and the teammate request will register in our system.

If your child's friend(s) register for camp without using the teammate request code, please contact us at least 10 days prior to camp and we will manually input the request into our system.

Please note: We do not guarantee that all teammate requests will be fulfilled. We will do our best to make sure friends and teammates are paired together on the same team at camp.

Do you offer any discounts?
We offer a 5% sibling discount. This discount is applied automatically at the end of registration when two or more campers are enrolled in the same family. We also offer team discounts-please contact us at info@natssummercamps.com for more information.

Do I receive a confirmation when I register?
Once you register and pay for your camp session(s), you will receive a confirmation email for your records. This email serves as your confirmation of registration for camp.

Will I receive additional information about camp after I register?
As we approach the summer, we'll be communicating via the email that you provide at registration with further details. The week before camp, we'll send out more detailed information about your camp session(s), including drop-off location, procedures for Monday morning, and what to bring to camp, in addition to friendly tips and reminders.

What happens when a camper is enrolled on a waitlist?
When a camp session reaches capacity, we will move that session to a waitlist. Adding your camper's name to the waitlist for a session is free of charge and you will not need to provide credit card information at that time. Each year, some spots do open up in sessions that have reached capacity as summer plans change. If a spot opens for your camper, we will contact you immediately via phone to confirm that you'd still like to enroll your camper in the session. At that time, we will take credit card information and enroll your child(ren) into camp.

Do you accept "walk-up" registrations?
Due to the fact that we expect each camp week to sell out, we do not accept walk-up registrations. All registrations must be completed online prior to Monday before camp begins, if the camp program is not already sold out.

What are Nationals Camps policies on refunds, credits and transfers?
Please see our "Policies" tab.

The Camp Week

When will my child(ren) receive a uniform?
Campers will be provided an official Nationals Camp uniform on the first morning of their camp session. Our coaches will supervise this process, and ensure that campers receive a uniform that fits well.

On the first day of the session, campers should arrive dressed as follows:

  • Regular T-shirt (regular cotton or performance wear)
  • Athletic shorts or sweat pants
  • Shoes and/or cleats of choice
  • Please note there is no need to wear or bring a hat as one will be provided prior to the first day of camp

Your camper will have access to a private changing area and/or bathroom where our coaches will supervise at all times from outside the room/door in accordance with our coaches' training in maintaining camper safety and our bathroom policy. We will only help campers if they request assistance.

Does my child need to wear his/her uniform every day?
Yes, campers are expected to wear their Nationals Camps uniform each day of camp. An additional jersey ($40) and baseball pants ($25) are available for purchase during the registration process and can also be purchased after registration is completed as well.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child(ren) each day?
Yes. Please send your child(ren) to camp with a lunch bag labeled clearly with his or her name. If you pack anything that needs to be kept cool, please include an icepack in the lunch bag. We will keep all lunches in a cool area, but we do not refrigerate them. We are also unable to provide utensils, so if your camper's lunch requires utensils, please include those in the lunch bag.

Does Nationals Camp provide sunscreen?
We encourage campers to bring their own sunscreen. However, we have sunscreen on-site if your camper(s) forgets or loses their own.

How do you handle inclement weather?
Regardless of weather, camp will never be canceled if we encounter heavy rain or thunderstorms or if the fields are too damp to play on, we will temporarily move programming inside - and will move activities back outside as soon as it is safe to do so.

What precautions do you take to handle the summer heat?
Our entire coaching staff is well aware that the summer heat can drain a camper throughout the day and week. Water is always available, and campers are required to take water breaks throughout the day. In extreme cases, we will seek indoor facilities to escape heat. Should this situation arise, we will send out a message prior to the start of camp with helpful instructions on what you can do to prepare your child for a hot camp day, as well as information on what precautions we will be taking to combat the heat.

Can parents come watch the camp activities?
Yes! Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch camp. We try to encourage little to no camper-to-parent interaction, however, as we'd like our campers to be focused on the on-field activities and their teammates. We've found that the best way to facilitate a positive and developmental experience for campers is to have them acclimate as quickly and as independently as possible and as is appropriate on Monday morning. Please also keep in mind that parents are unable to attend the trip to Nats Park.

Can Nationals Baseball Camps accommodate children with life-threatening allergies?
Yes. Families with children who have peanut, tree nut, or other life-threatening allergies can feel safe and comfortable at our summer camps. At the beginning of each camp day, our camp staff will take special note of children with life-threatening allergies by placing a mandatory, but inconspicuous, colored bracelet around the child's wrist marked with the child's name for identification purposes (in case of Epi-Pen use, etc). During lunch and snack breaks, these campers will sit with our camp & safety coordinator at our Allergen-Free Table. Parents will have the option to release their camper(s) from this table. If your camper is required to sit at the Allergen-Free Table, please keep in mind that their snack and lunch must be free of common food allergens to ensure a safe environment for other campers also required to sit at the table.

If your camper is bringing medication to camp (i.e. Epi-Pen), your camper's coach will have the medication on hand in a fanny pack at all times during camp. The medication will be checked in on Monday morning of camp with our Camp & Safety Coordinator and will be returned on Friday afternoon. These procedures and policies will be clearly communicated in advance of camp.

Visit to Nationals Park (World Series Experience Sessions)

How do the campers get to and from Nats Park?
Nationals campers will travel to and from the stadium in a charter bus, in the same fashion that the Nats would arrive at an opposing ballpark! Coaches are spread throughout each bus to ensure proper supervision, and conduct attendance checks regularly throughout the time at the stadium and on the bus.

Is the trip to Nats Park an all-day visit?
Yes. The camp hours will stay roughly the same, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In some cases, buses will leave earlier or arrive later than the schedule camp hours - if that is the case, we will communicate any changes regarding the times well in advance of the visit to Nats Park.

Can parents go on the visit to Nats Park?
No. Due to safety and logistics concerns, only Nationals Campers and Nationals Camps coaches are allowed to enter the stadium during our visit. Every detail about the trip and tour has been designed with safety (of campers and parents/guardians alike) as the top priority.

Policies

Transfer Policy
Campers are welcome to transfer to any session that has availability. Any transfers require a $30 transfer fee.

Credit Policy
In the event that a camper is unable to attend camp the week for which they registered, we are able to offer a credit to a future camp.

  • Before June 1, 2016, a full credit of camp tuition will be issued and can be used on any available 2016 camp sessions, as well as 2017 camp sessions.
  • After June 1, a partial credit of camp tuition will be issued.

Refunds
Due to limited enrollment and popularity of Nationals Camps programs, no refunds will be offered, either of deposits made or payments in full.

Contact

Washington Nationals Baseball Camps Customer Service Team
E-mail: info@natssummercamps.com
Phone: 202-715-6683

You can reach our team by phone or email from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday through May 31. Beginning June 6th and through the summer, we're available from 7:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Employment Opportunities
For more information regarding summer coaching opportunities with Nationals Baseball Camps, please click here.

Nationals Baseball Camps Employment Opportunities
Phone: 202-715-6683, dial 4 when prompted
E-mail: talent@headfirstsummercamps.com