LEHI, UT—The echo of pads hitting pads and direct helmet-to-helmet contact could be heard from far away. Nearly two dozen players, parents and coaches gathered to participate in the early action of the Lehi’s youth football.
The action taking place the evening of Wednesday, May 17, 2016 was neither on the field nor sideline. The action took place at the storage shed. The soon-to-be rivals of Skyridge Youth Football players worked alongside Lehi Youth Football coaches to stack, inventory and evenly divide equipment for the upcoming football season between the two programs. Splitting the equipment together was only the first of many steps to ensure success for the programs this season. “For Lehi in general, I think [a programs split] means we’re going to have two strong youth football programs in Utah County that are going to compete well, and have the opportunity to play, learn and have a good experience,” said Lehi Youth Football board member Wyatt Austin.
“The youth leagues have recently split because of the new high school,” explained Lehi resident and President of Skyridge Youth Football Jesse Chapman. “We’re going to be working together to make sure both programs are successful. And for the next few two to three years, depending on what it takes, we going to make sure we have the right equipment, and enough equipment for each program, so players are safe and the programs are financially sound.”
The program boundaries align with the high school boundaries. For more information about registration efforts currently underway, Lehi residents should visit and the program website for details, which include early-registration discounts offered through May 31, 2016.