The Waterford Nationals are an elite summer baseball program that competes in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League and the Albany Twilight League. The Nationals were established in 1997 and have amassed over 18 state championships, 12 regional championships and 32 league championships.
The Nationals baseball organization was started by legendary coach Bill Kelts with one mission in mind- to teach kids the correct way to play the game while still having fun. In 1998 Waterford won their first league championship followed by their first state championship. That team would go on to play together for the next 15 years and total over 25 championships for the Waterford franchise. Coach Bill Kelts would later be named “Man of the Decade” by Eastern New York Travel Baseball for all of his contributions on and off of the field. Most recently Coach Kelts received the Presidents award for all of his contributions to the Albany Twilight League.
The Nationals organization has grown from one team into a franchise of teams, fielding six teams a season. The Nationals continue to help players enhance their baseball skills while expanding their knowledge of the game. The program has helped players pursue their varying level of dreams such as playing varsity baseball or college baseball and even producing some players that have played professional baseball. Players are continually coming back to coach teams, run clinics and offer instruction.
The Nationals play at Kelts Stadium on Middletown Road in Waterford. It is known as one of the best parks in the area for its “baseball” atmosphere and its beautifully groomed playing fields. The Friday night games under the lights are a staple for summer nights in Waterford, bringing the community together to support their Waterford Nationals Albany Twilight Team. The 2019 Nationals will field 6 teams including the 2019 Albany Twilight League Nationals. In addition to the Twilight team they will also bring back the star studded 23U team that has 14 of its player’s currently playing/committed to college next season. The 14U team will be returning with high expectations of winning out on the tournament circuit. Waterford will welcome their newest members of the organization, a 13U team and a 15U, both teams have high hopes to keep the the winning traditional alive.