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Youth Baseball and Softball

Washington Nationals Uniform Program

In 2015 the Nationals launched the Youth Baseball Uniform program. In an effort to support and promote kids playing baseball in the District, the Nationals are providing, at no cost to the leagues, a Nationals tee shirt or jersey and cap to EVERY child playing baseball or softball in a District of Columbia sanctioned Little League or the District of Columbia Parks and Recreation Rookie League. In 2017, in conjunction with Inova Health System, the program is expanding to include Virginia District 4 Little League and Virginia District 7 Cal Ripken Babe Ruth leagues.

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.

  • INOVA 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' coaches work with local youth baseball coaches in presenting clinics to children ages eight through 14. Clinics are free and include on-field instruction, four tickets to a Nationals home game and a post-clinic autograph session with a Nationals player. Registration is not open to the public.
  • Field Maintenance Clinic - 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 local baseball field. 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.
  • 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.

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 complimentary ticket.

2017 HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONS

Baseball

  • St. Michaels High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (1A)
  • Middletown High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (2A)
  • Northwest High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (4A)
  • Dan River High School: Virginia High School League (2A)
  • Liberty Christian Academy: Virginia High School League (4A)
  • Briar Woods High School: Virginia High School League (5A)
  • Gonzaga College High School: District of Columbia State Athletic Association
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Softball

  • Bohemia Manor High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (1A)
  • North Carloine High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (2A)
  • Northwest High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (4A)
  • Matthews High School: Virginia High School League (1A)

2017 YOUTH BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

Baseball

  • Fort Hunt Little League: Virginia State Little League Champions
  • Glen Allen Babe Ruth: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-70 Champions
  • Glen Allen Babe Ruth: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-60 Champions
  • Thurmont Little League: Maryland State Little League Champions
  • Calvert Babe Ruth: Maryland State Cal Ripken Majors-70 Champions
  • Upper Montgomery County Athletic Commission: Maryland State Cal Ripken Majors-60
  • Northwest Washington Little League: District of Columbia Little League Champions

Softball

  • Bethlehem Babe Ruth: Virginia State Babe Ruth Softball Champions
  • Bridgewater Community Little League Virginia State Little League Softball Champions
  • Antietam Youth Athletic league: Mid Atlantic Babe Ruth Regional Softball Champions