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Larry Dolph

  • Winter Indoor Goalkeeper Training in Northern VA

    August 1st, 2017

    Times and locations have been firmed up for the continuance of our weekly goalkeeper training sessions indoor beginning November 1 running through February 28. Special discounted pricing is available until 9/15! Save $50 by registering early! Saturdays – Dulles Sportsplex, … Continue reading

  • Winter Training venues in Northern VA announced

    July 28th, 2017

    For all the folks needing to plan ahead, J4K NoVA is happy to announce its Winter 2017-18 goalkeeper training venues. For the 5th winter we will be returning to Dulles Sportsplex and training keepers for the 4th year at SportsNetwork. … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper training in Herndon, VA returns!

    June 14th, 2017

    Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA is resuming it’s weekly academy training sessions in Herndon, VA by returning to Fox Mill Elementary School. Located at 2601 Viking Dr in Herndon, regular weekly training will be offered at in this Fairfax … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper Training is not a quick fix

    May 22nd, 2017

    Now that spring club training is winding down, keeper specific training for many now becomes more possible.  For lots of keepers team practices often conflict with Just 4 Keepers goalkeeper training sessions in Leesburg and Gainesville. Club coaches aren’t very willing … Continue reading

  • Outdoor Training in Leesburg and Gainesville VA resumes!

    April 7th, 2017

    After a bit of a break between winter indoor training and the beginning of outdoor training for some long overdue shoulder surgery, Coach Larry and Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA will resume weekly training classes. Weekly goalkeeper training classes … Continue reading

  • Keeping those mitts in top shape!

    March 24th, 2017

    I often get questions from keepers and their parents on how best to keep gloves lasting as long as possible. Many times, I can smell the rancid odour of one of my players gloves from more than several feet away! … Continue reading

  • J4K Residential Summer Camp 2017!

    February 16th, 2017

    We are happy once again to be joining forces with J4K of Central VA and Coach Adrian Clewlow to offer our inaugural Residential Summer Camp at the Blue Ridge School (located just outside Charlottesville, VA). Located on a campus of … Continue reading

  • Refining the goal of goal-kicks

    January 24th, 2017

    One of the most frequently asked/requested topics by parents and players during J4k of NoVA training is improving the goal kick. My response is always, “Sure, I can help improve your technique and give you some tips to work on, but … Continue reading

  • Rockin’ and recovering: getting up to save another day!

    December 13th, 2016

    An often overlooked skill for developing goalkeepers is how to get back to their feet as quickly and efficiently as possible to make a successful second save. Having watched hours and hours of younger goalkeepers play in matches, there are … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper Training in Sterling, VA

    November 15th, 2016

    Come out and join Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA for a free session at the Michael and Son’s Dulles Sportsplex. Located at 21610 Atlantic Boulevard in Sterling, Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA returns to Dulles for it’s 4th … Continue reading

  • J4K NoVA keeper helps team win conference title!

    October 31st, 2016

    Congratulations to the Richard Bland College Statesmen and J4K NoVA Keeper Justin Ennis on their 2-1 (4-2 PKs) win in the Conference X Championship over Spartanburg Methodist yesterday in Raleigh, NC.  The win for RBC is the first conference title … Continue reading

  • You don’t have to be a mathematician to know your angles!

    October 24th, 2016

    The goal we defend is an awfully large space isn’t it? Eight yards wide by 8 feet tall is a pretty substantial area to cover for a keeper.  How do the best keepers in all ages and levels cover all … Continue reading

  • Why Goalkeeper training is necessary

    September 26th, 2016

    “Does “Johnny” or “Suzy” really need separate Goalkeeper training? Seems like he gets lots of practice with his team taking all those shots.” These are feeling expressed frequently by parents when inquiring about specific goalkeeper training. On the surface, it … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper training in Gainesville, VA

    September 2nd, 2016

    The location for the Saturday morning J4K NoVA Prince William County Academy is changing! We will now be at the Bull Run Middle School, 6308 Catharpin Rd, Gainesville for the remainder of the fall 2016 season. Just 4 Keepers of … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper training for Winter 2016/17 in Northern VA

    August 23rd, 2016

    Although the fall season has barely begun, it’s time to plan ahead for winter training. Locations for the Just4keepers of NoVA winter 2016/17 have just been secured and registration is OPEN! We’ll be in 4 locations beginning November 1st continuing … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper training in Northern VA

    July 20th, 2016

    Weekly goalkeeper training is going on in Northern VA near you! Each week our goalkeeper training focuses on one of the many important facets of being a goalkeeper. This weeks topic is moving toward the ball when diving. By moving … Continue reading

  • J4K of NoVA Summer Camp successful!

    July 18th, 2016

    Our annual ID was recently held at Long Park in Haymarket (Hope you were there! If not, come next year!!) Thirty eight committed keepers worked hard for 3 days in the warm sun practicing  elements needed to improve their game while … Continue reading

  • Your donations headed to Kenya

    July 14th, 2016

    At our ID camp a few weeks ago, we collected used goalkeeper gloves and jerseys from the campers to send to Coach George Opiyo our J4K partner in Kenya Africa. He shares the equipment with the many players in Kenya … Continue reading

  • Winter Indoor Locations announced

    July 13th, 2016

    Yes, we it is July and we’re in the early stages of summer. But much like a teacher, a coach has to look forward into the future and plan for the coming months. In this area, in order to secure … Continue reading

  • Additional location in Fairfax County VA!

    June 9th, 2016

    Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA will be returning to Fox Mill ES in Herndon, VA beginning Tuesday, June 21st for weekly goalkeeper coaching. Sessions will be on Tuesdays from 6- 7 pm for the U9-U12 age group and from … Continue reading

  • J4K NoVA looking for coaches!

    May 27th, 2016

    Just4Keepers (J4K) of Northern VA is currently looking to add coaches to its existing Goalkeeper Specific Coaching staff. J4K, the area’s Largest ‘Keeper Only’ coaching organization is looking to expand and expose its’ year round Goalkeeper Coaching program to more Northern … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper summer camp in Northern VA

    April 20th, 2016

    Come join us at our annual Just 4 Keepers of Northern VA Summer Camp! Coaches Adrian Clewlow of J4K Central VA and Larry Dolph of J4K Northern VA will once again be joined by the legendary Ray Newland, CEO of … Continue reading

  • Helping developing keepers in Kenya

    March 4th, 2016

    J4K of NoVA is thrilled to have been able to help help the keepers in the Just 4 Keepers of Kenya, Africa by donating your used GK gloves! Pictured below is some of the equipment and the keepers outfitted with … Continue reading

  • Donate your used GK gloves!

    November 6th, 2015

    Just 4 Keepers provides goalkeeper coaching to students in 25 countries across 5 continents. Many of these students are in the far reaches of the world and have limited access to goalkeeper equipment. J4K of Northern Virginia is partnering with … Continue reading

  • More experienced GK Coaching in Northern Virginia!

    November 4th, 2015

    Goalkeeper training in Northern Virginia just got even better! J4K of Nova is happy to announce the return of Che Brown to the J4Kof NoVA staff for the winter session. Che was on staff with us last winter before heading … Continue reading

  • Indoor Training at Elite Sports Indoor!

    October 29th, 2015

    Just 4 Keepers of NoVA is happy to announce a partnership with Northern Virginia’s NEWEST indoor facility, Elite Sports Indoor. Private/semi-private/small group training will be offered soon! Located at 10103 Residency Road in Manassas, the facility will house turf fields, a futsal … Continue reading

  • Building from the back with good distribution

    October 23rd, 2015

    This week J4K of NoVA academy players have been working on the various forms of distribution a goalkeeper uses. This skill is oftentimes overlooked by team coaches and during regular training sessions because the focus is on the keepers footwork, … Continue reading

  • Winter goalkeeper training in Northern VA

    October 5th, 2015

    Just4keepers is the leading and largest goalkeeper academy worldwide currently operating in 22 Countries and Across 5 continents with our goalkeeper coaches boasting over 700 years combined coaching experience between them and with our coaches playing over one million combined hours … Continue reading

  • Strength and footwork training in the “off” season

    September 25th, 2015

    Parents and players are always asking about what can be done in the “off” season. As a developing goalkeeper, you shouldn’t have an true “off” season where you don’t do anything keeper related for an extended period of time. Just … Continue reading

  • J4K winter indoor training in Virginia

    September 10th, 2015

    Just 4 Keepers of Northern Virginia is happy to announce their winter 2015/16 indoor weekly academy locations beginning November 1st. Saturdays at Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling Va 8-9am U9-U12 keepers, and U13 + 9-10am Mondays at Sports Network and Fitness … Continue reading

  • Summer Camp Highlights

    July 31st, 2015

    Highlights of the super fun Virginia Regional Camp held last month! 52 keepers from VA, MD, WVa and NC came and enjoyed good weather and some bad jokes, but learned and had fun! It was so good so see returning … Continue reading

  • Woodbridge VA Academy Location change

    May 3rd, 2015

    Due to circumstances beyond my control or influence, we’ve had to relocate the Prince William County Academy East location to Belmont Elementary School, 751 Norwood Lane, Woodbridge. This change goes into effect Monday 5/4 with the time of the session … Continue reading

  • New Woodbridge, VA location added for weekly classes!

    March 25th, 2015

    Just 4 Keepers is happy to announce the addition of the Prince William Academy East location at Veterans Park 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge, VA. Beginning Monday April 6th, students from the eastern side of Prince William County can experience J4K of NoVA … Continue reading

  • Making a difficult save look simple

    February 23rd, 2015

    First let me say, I welcome suggestions and questions of why we at J4K of NoVA do particular drills and what we are trying to accomplish with each session. Each session has a theme and it’s carried throughout the technical skills … Continue reading

  • The END of one season is the BEGINNING of another

    October 27th, 2014

    As we wind up another GREAT year of J4K of NoVA outdoor training this week, we don’t hang up the gloves for the winter. NO WAY!!!! We begin training at several fine indoor facilities this weekend. So, don’t put your … Continue reading

  • Indoor Winter 14/15 signups coming soon!

    September 11th, 2014

    Believe it or not the winter indoor training season is right around the corner. Even in the heat of the summer I was thinking about winter and I’ve been working hard on securing indoor space to continue the high quality academy sessions … Continue reading

  • Great advice from a true USA living legend!

    July 15th, 2014

    Now that the World Cup is over (sniffle, sniffle) it seems I’ve received a bunch of contacts from people looking for training opportunities. Here’s some great advice in the wake of the USA’s performance in the 2014 World Cup from … Continue reading

  • Girls only Summer 2014 Clinic

    April 29th, 2014

    J4K of NoVA is happy to announce it will be hosting a special 7 week girls only clinic for ages 12 and up at Valley View Park in Nokesville VA on the following dates: June 17, 24 and July 1, … Continue reading

  • Repetition is the master of all

    April 2nd, 2014

    Now that the spring club season is into full effect,  goalkeeper training for many becomes more difficult to squeeze in. Team practices often conflict with J4K academy training sessions. Club coaches aren’t very willing to allow players to miss a … Continue reading

  • Testimonials on J4K of NoVA

    February 27th, 2014

    Many of my students’ parents have shared feedback about the J4K academy program with me after training sessions and in casual conversations. Here’s a sampling of what folks have written to me with their experience, feeling and impressions of  J4K: … Continue reading

  • Parents of goalkeepers in VA please read..

    February 20th, 2014

    I started J4K of NoVa in the fall of 2012 because I saw the HUGE void in QUALITY goalkeeper training in the NOVA area.  Recreational and travel coaches alike select their keepers and place them into game situations without giving … Continue reading

  • Used equipment collection drive!!!

    February 15th, 2014

    Start setting aside all those too small cleats, jerseys, shorts and socks! Soccer balls too!! Just 4 Keepers of NoVA in partnership with local clubs Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) and Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) are hosting a used equipment drive … Continue reading

  • Getting a “handle” on distribution

    February 14th, 2014

    The foundation for the attack is good distribution by the goalkeeper. A poorly placed throw or kick can be disastrous for a team, turning a promising transition from defense to offense into a scramble to keep the ball from the … Continue reading

  • To call KEEPER or AWAY, that is the question….

    February 6th, 2014

    The training with J4K of NoVA focuses on all aspects of goalkeeping, from the physical to the psychological, the technical to the tactical. There are no boundaries with the areas we cover in our weekly sessions. Each week a different … Continue reading

  • I can’t see clearly now….

    January 30th, 2014

    This week at J4K of NoVA training we focused our training efforts on the obscured view save. Many times, a goalkeeper is required to react to a ball they can’t see clearly because of the number of players in their … Continue reading

  • J4K at the NSCAA Convention

    January 24th, 2014

    Aside from one other GK school, who was very small….J4K was the ONLY GK academy set up at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia last weekend. The NSCAA stands for the National Soccer Association of America and is the largest gathering … Continue reading

  • How to develop and keep goalkeepers interested?

    December 5th, 2013

    I recently read a great article by Tim Mulqueen, author and former UNMNT Goalkeeper coach at U17 an U20 levels at the World Cup as well as the GK coach for several MLS clubs. Currently he is the head coach … Continue reading

  • Loudoun County Academy coming in Spring 2014!!!

    November 22nd, 2013

    J4K of NoVA is happy to announce a partnership with Evergreen Sportsplex and the intoduction of a Loudoun  County Academy beginning 3/2014. Evergreen is a fantastic new facility offering 4 full size lit turf fields. Located off Evergreen Mill Road … Continue reading

  • It doesn’t have to be Fancy to be good footwork!

    November 12th, 2013

    This weeks topic with my 4 academy groups was FOOTWORK – using good footwork to put yourself in the correct position to make the save. Notice I didn’t say using fancy footwork…. Good footwork in preparation for a save involves … Continue reading

  • Northern Virginia’s most handsome Goalkeeper!

    October 31st, 2013

    Here’s what training with J4K of NoVA does for your appearance! The most handsome Goalkeeper ever!    

  • Let your keeper keep!

    October 29th, 2013

    I’ve read several interesting articles recently about how parents and coaches poor behavior on the sidelines affects the play of the kids. Having coached at the youth level for more than 7 years, in my experience I can say I … Continue reading

  • Northern VA Winter Academy training begins 11/1.. Signup NOW

    October 23rd, 2013

    I’m not sure where time has gone…its seems like I was just in Wilson, NC at the Regional ID Camp with Ray and Coach Tim Hall. Now, we’re moving indoors for our winter session beginning in just over two weeks. … Continue reading

  • Champions of the Richmond Kickers Tourney!

    October 17th, 2013

    Congratulations to J4K of NoVA keeper Alex Eydelman and the BARCA ’02 Elite for winning the U11 group at the Richmond Kickers Columbus Day tourney. Fighting through torrential rain and wind, the BARCA team scored 15 goals in 3 games … Continue reading

  • The 3 C’s of 1v1 situations

    October 5th, 2013

    My focus this week at the J4K of NoVA training is being successful in 1v1 situations. First and foremost, a goalkeeper must have the 3 C’s: Calmness, confidence, and courage. Calmness to be patient and wait for the right opportunity to … Continue reading

  • Top Keeper named from Gainesville, VA

    October 4th, 2013

    Just 4 Keepers of NoVA is happy to announce that Justin Ennis was recently selected as the Top Goalkeeper at the J4K Regional ID Camp held in Wilson, North Carolina this summer. Justin was selected from the 24 players attending … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper coaching in Gainesville

    September 29th, 2013

    Great form by J4K keeper Bryson Boots in a recent game. Bryson has been training with J4K of Nortthern VA for about a year and gives 110% at every training session. Come out and join keepers like Bryson work on … Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper Training in Northern VA just announced!

    September 12th, 2013

    It’s that 6 letter word we don’t like to talk about this early….especically when it’s in the high 80’s in September!  Can you guess???…. WINTER! It may seem early to be thinking about winter training, but it’s really not. Before … Continue reading

  • Don’t forget about the keepers!

    September 3rd, 2013

    What a crazy, but good,  summer it has been! Lot’s of training for keepers looking to step up their game and be ready for the fall season. Teams are beginning their regular practice schedule, and in doing so, back to … Continue reading

  • Vacation ends! (BOOO) Training resumes! (YEA)

    July 28th, 2013

    As hard as it is to come back from a beach vacation, there’s a lot to look forward to with Academy training getting back into full swing. The fall pre-season is just around the corner and lots of goalkeepers have … Continue reading

  • Just4keepers helps VSA Heat Blue to National Championships

    July 11th, 2013

                              VSA Heat Blue 96B goalkeeper Kian Manafi helped advance the team to the Presidents Cup National Finals July 11-13 in Auburndale, FL by winning  the Region I … Continue reading

  • J4K Keeper helps Bethesda Lions to National Championships

    July 11th, 2013

                              J4K keeper Justin Ennis helped the Bethesda SC Lions win the Disney Showcase Tournament in December ’12 in Orlando, FL allowing only 3 goals to advance to … Continue reading

  • VA/NC Camp a great sucess!!

    July 3rd, 2013

    The VA/NC Regional camp is in the books!! So happy to say the keepers that attended worked hard and had fun! The weather was mostly cooperative – with Friday seeing plenty of sun and heat. Ray introduced everyone to some … Continue reading

  • Club clinics ending, but the Academy rolls on!

    May 23rd, 2013

    I’m just finishing up this week running several short 6 and 8 week clinics at a couple local clubs. They’ve been great and the kids have had a good time, but we’ve just started and there is so much more … Continue reading

  • Summer Mini-Camp in Haymarket!

    May 23rd, 2013

    I’d love for everyone to be able to make it to Wilson, NC for our joint J4K of North Carolina and J4K of NoVA camp, but that’s just not possible for everyone. So, I will be running a 4 day … Continue reading

  • The GOAL of Goal kicks

    May 2nd, 2013

    Working with a player last evening on goal kicks got me to thinking. Many of the players I have worked with over the years become frustrated quickly when they can’t get their goal kick higher and longer after practicing it. … Continue reading

  • VA REGIONAL IDENTIFICATION CAMP

    April 5th, 2013

    Are you a Goalkeeper looking for a unique challenge? You could be selected for an ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO ENGLAND to attend the largest residential Goalkeeper camp in the world hosted by Just4Keepers! All you have to do is … Continue reading

  • Proper warmup – a confidence builder

    April 4th, 2013

    Being at a variety of fields while other teams are practicing and preparing for a match is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I get a chance to see lots of goalkeepers showing their skills – a … Continue reading

  • Outdoor sessions are back!

    March 25th, 2013

    J4K of NoVA has moved back outdoors! (Sort of….) Standing water on the pitch pushed our scheduled outdoor session, back inside, but the Manassas/Bristow area Academy night is scheduled outside Tuesday evenings from 6:30 -7:30pm at Linton Hall School. C’mon … Continue reading

  • What’s the proper attire?

    March 18th, 2013

    A Goalkeepers most valuable asset is what??? His/her body! If a GK is not properly protected you put your body at risk of injury. I hear lots of young goalkeepers say, “I don’t need a long sleeve jersey” or “I … Continue reading

  • J4K Keepers in action!

    March 11th, 2013

    Just returned from the Jefferson Cup in Williamsburg, VA where I had a chance to watch two J4K of Northern VA keepers in action. Both did well! Good decision making and good use of the core skills they have learned … Continue reading

  • Register for the Spring Break Camp!

    February 28th, 2013

    Lots of exciting things going on at J4K of NoVA! We still have two academy sessions running now, so call us for a FREE SESSION!! What’s better than FREE??? Spring Break Camp is being held Monday March 25 – Thursday … Continue reading

  • REGISTER FOR THE ACADEMY

    February 25th, 2013

    At J4K we want to help all young Goalkeepers become better and develop their game. So we  have designed a curriculum to teach Goalkeepers of all ages and abilities. To register for the academy, click here: http://j4kofnorthernva.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/

  • What’s that you say??

    February 22nd, 2013

    Communication is a key factor in a successful goalkeepers skill set. He must be able to organize his defense and communication what he wants and sees to his team. Loud, clear instructions of danger will help your teammates with decision … Continue reading

  • It’s all about the climb

    February 12th, 2013

    I’m always hearing about this player or that player changing teams because the team wasn’t winning their division, winning this tournament or that, moving up a division…etc. So, I’ll hear about kids that were once on one team, the next … Continue reading

  • Mental strongmen

    January 28th, 2013

    Hasn’t everyone has heard at one point or another “You’ve got to be a little nuts to be a goalkeeper”? This comment routinely comes out of someones mouth when a GK makes an aggressive tackle on an attacking player or … Continue reading

  • Weather or not to train…

    January 14th, 2013

    So I’m navigating the maze of securing venues for goalkeeper training for the spring, and it’s 60 degrees outside. 60! It’s January 14th! I wish I would have known that when I booked indoor space for indoor GK training for … Continue reading

  • Do I really need separate training?

    December 21st, 2012

    This is a pretty common question asked by parents and players alike. “Does “Johnny” really need separate Goalkeeper training? Seems like he gets lots of practice with his team taking all those shots.” On the surface, it appears that is … Continue reading

  • Reflection on things more than soccer

    December 16th, 2012

    There are so many soccer things I want to talk about, but as I sit at my computer to write them down, I can’t get past the heavy sadness I feel for all the families in Newton CT.  As you, … Continue reading

  • Fit like a glove!

    December 14th, 2012

    I’m asked often “How do I know what size goalkeeper glove to buy? How should they fit?” Well, they shouldn’t fit like a glove. Huh?? Let me explain…. Part of any good goalkeeper training in Virginia should include advising students … Continue reading

  • NCAA Final Four tonight!

    December 7th, 2012

    Attention all soccer fans! The men’s soccer Division 1 Final four is on tonight on ESPNU. 5pm Georgetown v Maryland, 7:30pm Creighton v Indiana. Watch the goalkeeper! Pay attention to his footwork, body position, hands, when he attacks the ball, … Continue reading

  • The eyes have it!

    November 29th, 2012

    I often ask my Goalkeeping students “what is the most important part of the body on a Goalkeeper?” As you can imagine, the answers the kids give are all correct! Hands, feet, heads….all correct. But without the goalkeepers vision, it … Continue reading


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