Frequently Asked Questions


COVID-19 – RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

  1. Brit-Am will be following all guidelines set forth by Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA)
  2. Brit-Am will be following all guidelines set forth by Montgomery County Parks & Community Use (CUPF)
  3. Brit-Am will be following all guidelines set forth by the State of Maryland & the Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery

BRIT-AM RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Create and distribute protocols to families who register for programs.

• Have an effective communication plan in place.

• Identify strategies for working with public health officials to notify staff, players and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or coach who has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.

• Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.

• Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.

• Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.

• Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.

• Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.

• Develop plans for temporary closure of indoor facilities and cancellation of outdoor activities or camps for proper disinfection.

• Provide adequate field space for social or physical distancing.

• Provide hand sanitizing stations at fields for individual participant use.

COACH RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Ensure the health and safety of the participants.

• Inquire how the players are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.

• Should have a medical kit

• Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.

• Ensure all players have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)

• Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.

• All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social or physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.

• Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.

• Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.

• Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

• The use of scrimmage vest, or pinnies, is not recommended at this time.

• Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with returning

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the decision when your child returns to play.

• Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.

• Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.

• Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements

• When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.

• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.

• Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.

• Notify your Brit-Am Soccer immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.

• Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.

• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.

• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.

• Wear mask before and immediately after all training.

• Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.

• Practice social or physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.

• No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.

• Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.

1.Players should not put their hands near their face.

2. Players should notify their coach

3.The player should immediately wash or sanitize their hands before returning to play.

  1. Small groups are anywhere from 3-5 players
  2. Full size groups can have up to *14 players and 1 Coach
    *As we move through the return to play phases (1-4), these numbers will increase.
  1. Players will be required to play inside a 10×10 area
  2. Additional 10×10 areas will separate one player from another in order to maintain adequate social distancing.
  3. Coaches are also required to keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between them and the soccer players.
  1. Parents of children under the age of 8 are required to remain a minimum of 6 feet from he playing area and from other parents.
  2. Parents of older players are required to stay in their vehicles during the duration of the class.
  1. Coaches are required to wear a mask during the class but can remove when giving instruction.
  2. Players are not required to wear a mask during the class but are expected to wear one immediately before and after the soccer class.
  3. Parents are required to wear a mask when on the soccer field.
  1. A Soccer ball
  2. A water bottle
  3. A Bag (optional)
  4. Shinguards (optional)
    *Players should not touch anyone else’s equipment
  1. Players should keep their equipment when not in use, a minimum of 6 feet from any other players equipment and not in the playing area.
  1. Brit-Am Soccer will contact the parents/guardian immediately.
  2. Brit-Am Soccer staff will determine if the camper is exhibiting serious symptoms necessitating further emergency action and will proactively seek additional medical assistance.
  3. Brit-Am Soccer will keep any camper suspected of COVID-19 infection isolated and attended to by a trained staff member while the camper awaits pick up; if necessary, we will provide a mask for any potentially-infectious camper who does not have his or her own mask.
  1. Brit-Am Soccer will immediately contact the parents/guardian of all campers who were in immediate contact with the camper in question and notify campers families who were not believed to be in direct contact with the camper but attended the same week of programming.
  2. The minimal on-site response will be:
    • Consideration of site closure for a minimum of 24 hours, depending on the circumstances.
    • Immediate notification of all impacted individuals – campers and staff
    • Whole site intensive cleaning and sanitization
  3. Brit-Am Soccer will follow the guidance of the local health department and work with local authorities to ensure a safe camp environment for our families.

REGISTRATION

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.

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.


ABOUT BRIT-AM

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)

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 & 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 14 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.