The Washington Redskins begin their training camp in Ashburn on Saturday with practices open to the public through Aug. 7, which is Fan Appreciation Day, and on Aug. 11.

Saturday's sessions take place at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Most other days there will be only one practice. Gates at Redskins Park open one hour before the start of the day's first practice. Practices typically last 90 minutes to two hours.

The team will leave Aug. 8 for Canton, Ohio, to play the Denver Broncos on Aug. 9 in the Hall of Fame Game, which opens the NFL preseason schedule. The team will return to Ashburn after the game and resume open practices on Aug. 11, with morning and afternoon sessions.

As of Aug. 12, training camp will be closed to the public. The team will hold some night practices at high schools in the Ashburn area, which also will be closed.

All open sessions are free, as is parking. Seating is not available, so spectators should bring their own chairs. Picnic tables will be set up, and food and drinks will be available for sale. Fans can also bring their own coolers, although alcohol is not permitted. Still cameras are permitted, but not video cameras.

Visitors can walk in designated areas around the practice fields to watch the players. Players often sign autographs after practice, but there is no guarantee specific players will be available.

No pets or other animals are allowed except for guide dogs.

The team asks spectators to fill out a form for a "Training Camp Fan Invitation" at, so that they know how many fans to expect at camp each day. Invitations will be collected at the front gate.

Plans have not been finalized for Fan Appreciation Day, although the team's cheerleaders and marching band will be present and players will be signing autographs, the team said. Fans can have their pictures taken with the Super Bowl trophies. In addition, there will be games for children, including "Dress Like A Redskin."

Washington will play two home preseason games at FedEx Field -- Aug. 14 against Carolina and Sept. 3 against Atlanta -- and will play at Miami on Aug. 21 and at St. Louis on Aug. 27, before opening the regular season Sept. 12 at FedEx Field against Tampa Bay. For more information, call the Redskins Training Camp Hotline, 703-726-7411.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Above, with Lennie Friedman at center, the offensive line practices at last year's summer camp. At left, linebacker LaVar Arrington mixes it up on Fan Appreciation Day, signing autographs for spectators. In top photo, Patrick Ramsey and veteran Mark Brunell, front, are expected to battle for the role of starting quarterback.