Our Pleasant Grove Vikings teams playing in the Ute Conference are generally organized by the age of the players on July 1st of each year. There are 3 exceptions to this rule:
- Z-Downs: A player who is light (on the scale) for his age, may choose to "Z-down" and play down one (1) age group. See "Z" weights.
- Y-Ups: Players who weigh more than the "X" weight for his age group can play up one (1) age group. See "X" weights.
- Player Option: Finally, a player whose birthday is between July 1 and August 31 can choose to play with either the older or younger age group without meeting any weight requirements.
Experience has shown that clubs, leagues, and conferences that organize teams by grade (e.g., UYFL) create a perverse incentive for parents to "game" the system. Unscrupulous parents will hold their player back in school intending to give the child an athletic advantage on the football field. The athletic advantage for the player can present a safety issue for other players on the field. By forming teams using our modified age-based system, we protect players and the integrity of the competition on the field.
For 2020 each team works out like this:
These "A" Team coaches work hard to lead their entire age group of football players. Our coaches pay attention to protect the experience of their own players and the experience of players on the other "B" teams in the same age group. "B" Team coaches are named each season on an as-needed basis.
Scout (7/8) Team Coach
We are currently looking for a head coach and 3-4 assistant coaches to coach the Scout age group in 2020. If you are willing to volunteer and coach a kids tackle football team, submit a coaching application here.
Gremlin (9) Team Coach
Sim Tiatia first began playing football in high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Following high school, he was recruited to play college ball in Provo, Utah for Lavell Edwards and the Cougars. Sim played running back during his four years at BYU. Following his college career, Sim began playing with many Semi-Professional Leagues throughout the surrounding states as a Linebacker and Runningback.
Sim began his coaching career with the Orem Football Little League when his sons became involved with playing football. He continued coaching through high school for 15 years at Orem, Timpanogos, and Timpview High School.
Following high school football coaching, Sim became involved with creating a Rugby Club (Orem Stallions) and spent 10 years as administrator and coach of the Stallions, who won several state championships. After coaching at several high school, Sim became involved with various Semi-Professional Football Leagues as a player and coach for 15 years. Sim also coached the UVU Women's Rugby Club for 3 years.
Sim's passion for creating and building positive culture/relationship in sports has kept him in the coaching world. He looks forward to a new venture in helping out with the Pleasant Grove League to create and build strong future leaders of tomorrow and strengthening young men with positive and rewarding experience in the sport of life.
Peewee (10) Team Coach
Head Coach James Wheeler learned to love the game of football from a very young age. Growing up in Houston, Texas he played in youth leagues and high school where football is a large part of the culture. After high school, he played defensive end at Brigham Young University under Gary Crowton and Bronco Mendenhall. He was then lucky enough to find a beautiful wife who lets him spend his extra time dedicated to his players. As a dad, he naturally enjoys teaching his son the game he loves. He and his wife have lived in Pleasant Grove, Utah since 2006 and own an architecture firm based out of Park City.
In 2018, Coach Wheeler and his assistants battled through a tough season and coached their team to the Ute Conference Championship game. In 2019 Coach Wheeler's team won it all. His players have shown they can play together as a team. Their "won't be beat" attitude shows every time Coach Wheeler's team steps on the field. Coach Wheeler’s ultimate goal is to have each boy look back 20 years from now and not only remember the fun times as a team, but also the important life lessons that only football can so perfectly teach.
Mity Mite (11) Team Coach
Head Coach Brandon Doman grew up playing youth football in the Ute Conference. In high school he won a state championship before being recruited to play college football at BYU for the legendary Lavell Edwards. After graduation, Brandon played three years in the NFL for the San Francisco 49rs. He and his family have lived in Pleasant Grove, Utah since 2009 and he has been coaching PG Vikings football players since 2013.
Coach Doman and his assistants guided their 2018 youth football team to a Ute Conference Championship. That group of players have now moved on to the Pleasant Grove High School football program. New to this age group, Coach Doman is anxious to keep teaching kids in the Pleasant Grove community about the greatest sport ever invented.
Gridiron (12) Team Coach
We are currently looking for a head coach and 3-4 assistant coaches to coach the Gridiron age group in 2020. If you are willing to volunteer and coach a kids tackle football team, submit a coaching application here.
Bantam (13/14) Team Coach
Head Coach Cory Christiansen has been coaching Pleasant Grove Vikings for more than a decade. Many players from his teams have gone on to become key playmakers and reliable role players for the Pleasant Grove HS football team. An engineer by trade, Cory enjoys teaching kids the skills and strategy required to succeed in football and in life.
After a 2018 Ute Conference Championship season and a 2019 second-place finish, Coach Christiansen's team continues to prove they are prepared and can play elite football.