COVID Guidelines

COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines

If you (or your child) have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify Brit-Am Soccer Academy, immediately. (info@brit-am.com)
Players, coaches, employees, or volunteers who have attended an in-person Soccer activity and have been in close contact (defined as within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must adhere to the following protocol*:

Fully Vaccinated
• You are permitted to participate in activities, as long as you show no symptoms of COVID-19.
• CDC advises getting tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure.
• CDC advises wearing a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.


Unvaccinated
• Do not attend any Soccer Association activity event for 14 days** from the dates of the exposure.
• Get tested 5-7 days after the date of exposure; if negative test and no symptoms, you may return to play 7 days after the date of exposure.
• You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

Any player, coach, employee, or volunteer who has taken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results for a reason other than required routine testing (i.e. weekly school or work testing and for vaccinated, a potential exposure) should not attend in-person activities until they receive test results.

*People previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous three months are not restricted in any way following an exposure if they have recovered and remain symptom-free.

**Talk to your health provider before resuming participation play if you have other underlying health conditions or severe symptoms, since you may be advised to isolate for longer.

Registration

What are the steps to register for a camp/clinic online?

  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).

How do I sign up for soccer class?

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.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and e-check via our secure online registration

I have friends that would like to join the same class. How do we do this?

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).

I don't see my neighborhood on your class list, when will you be offering soccer classes here?

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.

I want to organize my own class. What is the next step?

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

What age can my child begin Brit-Am Soccer?

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.

What equipment should my child have to play in a Tots 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.

Does my child need special soccer gear or a uniform?

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.

Do you offer a trial class?

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.

I have another child that is not in your program, can I bring him/her to class?

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.

Should we bring a drink and snack to class?

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.

About Brit-Am

What makes Brit-Am Soccer different from other soccer programs?

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.

What qualifications do Brit-Am coaches have?

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.

How does the US Soccer coaching license system work?

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)

Are you currently hiring?

We are always looking for Exciting new individuals to be a part of our staff. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please Complete application form here. You can either mail or fax it back to us.

Missing a Class, Refunds & Cancellations

What is the Refund Policy?

Fall II Refund Policy:

Due to the shortened (3-week) length of the Fall II season, once a reservation is made it is non-refundable.

Reservation Change Fee: Please be certain you have made a reservation for the correct class. If a change needs to be made to move to another class within the same season, you will be charged a $20 fee if space is available, up to a week prior to the first day of the session. Changes cannot be made after that time.

If an outdoor session is cancelled due to weather, sessions will be made up in December on the same original day of the week scheduled at the same time and same or nearby location.

Winter 2021/21 Refund Policy:

Winter programs are refundable less a $100 non refundable fee up to 21 days of the first day of the session. There are no refunds after that date.

Reservation Change Fee: Please be certain you have made a reservation for the correct class. If a change needs to be made to move to another class within the same season, you will be charged a $30 fee if space is available, up to 21 days prior to the first day of the session. Changes cannot be made after that time.

What is the Class Change Policy?

Reservation Change Fee: Please be certain you have made a reservation for the correct class. If a change needs to be made to move to another class within the same season, you will be charged a $20 fee up to 21 days prior to the start of the session of the reservation, if space is available. Changes cannot be made within 21 days of the start of the session.

My child is sick and will not attend class. What should I do?

Please let your class coordinator know not to expect your child and the coordinator can pass that on to the coach.

Do you offer make-up classes for individuals?

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.

How will I know if my class is canceled due to weather?

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.

My child didn't participate at the first class. Can I get a refund?

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 14 days prior to the first class, less a $25 admin fee.