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Nationals Summer Camp - Frequently Asked Questions

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 [email protected] or give us a call at 202-715-6683.

What are the camp hours?
Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

What is the age range for ballplayers?
All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grades are welcome at Nationals Camps.

Do ballplayers need prior baseball or softball experience?
We do not have ability or experience requirements; we welcome ballplayers of all levels of experience - from first-time ballplayers to travel team players.

Nationals Baseball & Softball Camps COVID-19 Protocols

Pre-Arrival

We ask that you stay vigilant in monitoring you camper(s) for any signs of illness including, but not limited to:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pains
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Any other symptom that is listed by the CDC as a potential sign of COVID-19

If your camper is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or is showing other signs of illness, we require that you keep your camper home until the following conditions have been met:

  • He/she has had a negative COVID-19 test; OR
  • Has been free of fever and/or any fever-reducing medication for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In addition, we require that you to keep your camper(s) home if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus or if someone in the household has any of the signs of illness listed above.

We also ask that if your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp, you alert us as soon as possible.

Arrival/Drop-off

When you arrive, you will see signage at our entrance as a reminder that campers and families are not permitted to enter camp if any of the following have occurred:

  • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past five (5) days
  • Exhibit symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days

We ask that you stay in your car during drop-off, and do not walk your camper up to the check-in area.

We will have staff posted at the designated drop-off area to greet and walk your camper to our contact-free check-in process.

Check-in

We will maintain social distancing measures to ensure a contact-free check-in process.

Markings on the ground and signage will be used to show your camper where to stand and where to go throughout the process.

Your camper will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at camp by one of our trained staff members.

Part of this screening will include a temperature check using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If your camper's temperature is 100.4 degree or higher, he/she will not able to join us at camp.

We will provide your camper with hand sanitizer upon arrival. If there are any allergies that we need to be aware of, please let us know.

Camp Procedures

While they are not mandatory, we will have proper PPE for all staff and campers on site.

If your camper falls ill during camp, we will have an isolated area to care for him/her until you or another parent/guardian is able to pick him/her up.

We will have signs posted throughout camp to remind campers of proper hygiene procedures.

In addition to our hydration and sunscreen breaks, we will take breaks to either wash hands or administer hand sanitizer to campers.

During bathroom breaks, we will be implementing a "one in, one out" policy.

Please pack your camper's lunch in a sealed lunch bag marked with your camper's name. We will store lunches separately from others until lunch time.

Campers will eat lunch with their team while following social distancing procedures.

Campers will not be allowed to share water bottles, and we encourage you to pack enough water for the day if you are uncomfortable with your camper using camp-provided hydration stations.

  • Please note these hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of your camper and our staff.

During full camp meetings, your camper will sit with his/her team, and all campers will maintain social distancing measures.

Gameplay

Each team will have a designated area "dugout" to keep their gear/bags, and campers' bags will be separated.

We will sanitize/wipe down equipment after each session of drills.

During games, game balls will be sanitized after every inning.

Campers are required to use their own gloves and batting gloves, and are encouraged to utilize their own bats if possible.

High-fives, handshakes, and other forms of celebration involving contact will not be allowed. Instead, hat tips/waves will be used to show sportsmanship and celebration.

If physical contact occurs during a game or drill, we will provide campers with hand sanitizer as soon as the play is over.

Pick-up

We ask that, if possible, the same person who dropped your camper off pick them up at the end of the day.

Please stay in your car when you arrive; we will bring your camper to you.

Sanitizing

We will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the camp day.

We will use daily checklists to ensure that all equipment, surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, counter tops, cooler buttons, etc.), restrooms, and lunch areas are sanitized before the start of the next camp day.

We will use products that are EPA-approved for use against the coronavirus and we will follow manufacturer's instructions related to safe storage, concentration, contact time, and protective equipment for all cleaning and disinfection.

Camper Illness

If a camper begins to manifest symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while at camp, we will contact his/her parent/guardian immediately in accordance with camp communication protocol. If, in the judgment of our leadership staff, the camper is exhibiting serious symptoms necessitating further emergency action, we will proactively seek additional medical assistance in addition to contacting the designated parent/guardian.

We will keep any camper suspected of COVID-19 infection isolated in a designated area and attended to by a limited number of trained staff while the camper awaits pick up. We will provide a mask for any potentially infectious camper who does not have his or her own mask.

We will activate substantial additional sanitization protocol to clean and disinfect any surfaces and objects prior to allowing campers back in any area inhabited by a camper suspected of coronavirus infection.

Notification

If we receive notice from a parent/guardian of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst our campers, we will follow these procedures:

  • Directly contact families of campers who were in immediate contact with the camper in question.
  • Notify campers who were not believed to be in direct contact with the camper, but attended the same week of programming.

Washington Nationals Bag Policy

Please note: Backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. For a complete list of permitted bags and details about the Binbox storage option please click the Read More button below.