Frequently Asked Questions
1 – Go to ONLINE REGISTRATION
2 – Create an account in your name (Not your childs).
3 – Add your child as a participant into your account.
4 – Search for available classes that correspond with your child’s DOB.
5 – Once you find a class that fits the age range, follow the prompts to complete the registration. (Please note that some Spring/Fall tot classes are invites-only and therefore you must check with our office first before registering for one of these).
Registration is available 24 hours a day through our online registration system. You may use this website to first create an account from our “Register Here” links, then select the name of the child in your account you want to register and then “Make New Reservation”. You will see a listing of classes for your child’s age. Select either the class you were invited to join or if you are looking for a group looking for new players, find an “OPEN REGISTRATION” class and complete the registration. The email confirmation will give you the contact info for the parent organizer of the group.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and e-check via our secure online registration
You can sign up for any of our classes listed “Open Registration”. If you’d like to confirm that there are enough spots available for you and your friends, please call our office. You may then register online and tell your friends which you signed up for, and ask them to register quickly. Class size is limited. If you have 7 or more friends, you may wish to create your own private class. Please call our office to set up a private class (8 child minimum and the class runs for 8 weeks and the parent coordinator receives their child’s class free).
We serve many locations and are expanding based on requests. Please call us at 301-916-9053 or send an email to SteveK@Brit-Am.com or Office@Brit-Am.com to let us know where you would like to have class.
We offer class in the spring and fall seasons. Fall classes start in early September and spring classes start in early April. Please see the TOTS BOOKING FORM at xxxx on our website and submit the details. We will then work with you to set up the class. We do our best to add classes if at all possible even after the season has gotten underway.
TOTS CLASSES & OTHER CLINICS
Our Petite Tots program begins with children age 2. This class requires an adult to accompany the child during the 35 minute session led by our most experienced coaches who incorporate fun activities along with kicking the soccer ball into the games. For independent play, children may begin at age 3 in our mini-tots program. Our age requirements are based on the age of the child on the first day of class.
Each player should bring a size 3 soccer ball, a water bottle, wear shin guards, wear comfortable athletic shoes (cleats optonal) and wear comfortable athletic clothing.
We provide a t-shirt and your child may wear gym shorts/pants and sneakers. Many children wear their t-shirt to each class as part of their “soccer uniform”. Players should bring a size 3 soccer ball, shin guards and water. Equipment is available to purchase in the registration process and it will be brought to the first class, or you can purchase at area sporting goods stores.
Sorry, we do not. In order to keep our class size controlled and our classes well organized we do not offer a trial class. Our coaches are all trained to work with all levels of players and encourage participation from everyone.
We welcome all family members to watch the class, but siblings not enrolled in the class cannot participate in the class and must stay off the playing field/gym floor for safety and liability reasons. They must be under parent supervision for the duration of the class. Sorry, siblings must also refrain from the use of our soccer equipment. Again, this is for your child’s safety.
Please send your child with water. We allow for water breaks and when it is hot they need lots of water. We do not have snack time and discourage children from snacking on the field. Many groups organize a snack after the class if their schedules permit.
Steve Knapman, the owner of Brit-Am Soccer, grew up in England and shares his lifelong passion for the game through every class. Steve played in the British Academy system with Oldham Athletic. He has played against David Beckham and many other famous European players. Steve holds A USSF A license and an English Football Association Preliminary Badge. He has studied soccer coaching techniques from some the world’s best professional youth programs (like Brazil, Italy and Holland) and brings this experience to all Brit-Am coaches and classes. Our coaches are all PROFESSIONAL SOCCER COACHES. They are committed to working with children at every level teaching them skills. We emphasize learning while having fun, using the same drills as the professional training international youth programs. Our classes are carefully planned and organized to give your child plenty of attention in a positive environment while learning the wonderful game of soccer. We keep our class sizes manageable so there are enough children to make each group fun and not too many that the coach can’t ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn.
All our coaches are background checked each year by the National Center for Safety Initiatives. Coaches working for Brit-Am Soccer love the game of soccer and teaching it. We have more than 30 coaches, many of whom have played in the Washington Metropolitan Area as a youth, continued on through college and now bring their knowledge to your children. We have a number of coaches who grew up and played internationally at various levels. Most of our coaches work with competitive youth soccer teams throughout the year. Our coaches are continually trained as we introduce new fun games and each coach is evaluated during the season. All the coaching staff will have gone through one or more of the US Soccer coaching licenses to ensure they are fully trained.
Courses are held around the country throughout the year. Applicants must register online and if accepted, attend the course in its entirety. During every course, coaches will be subject to a number of classroom and field sessions. Final testing will be conducted which will include, laws of the game, written & oral tests and field testing. Coaches who pass are then allowed to apply to attend the higher license no earlier than 12 months from the time the previous license was achieved.
Courses available –
E – license (National & State)
D – license (National & State)
C – license (National)
B – license (National)
A – license (National)
MISSING A CLASS & CANCELLATIONS
Please let your class coordinator know not to expect your child and the coordinator can pass that on to the coach.
We understand that children may miss a class due to a schedule conflict or illness. Since we use all dates available to hold classes we cannot accommodate individual requests for a make-up. We do provide make-up sessions for entire classes that are rained out, for up to one rainout a season.
Your parent coordinator will notify you if your class is cancelled. Most coordinators email their families once they determine with us that the class is cancelled.When possible, we will also post an announcement on the weather tab on our website. We usually make the determination 2-5 hours prior to your class. Spotty rainy days can be challenging as it’s not always raining in every location.
We encourage parents of children who are too shy or uninterested at the first session to participate to keep trying to interest their child in the class. If you would like the coach to meet you a few minutes before a session to talk one-on-one with your child just let us know so we can arrange it. Due to the limited number of spaces in each group, we do not offer refunds within 7 days prior to the first class, less a $25 admin fee.
DIRECTIONS TO FIELDS/SCHOOLS
Most locations can easily be found through google maps or a similar program. You can also look up via the “Locations” page from the registration program on our website or contact your group’s parent coordinator.