Parents “parent,” Players “play,” and Coaches “coach.”  This formula will not work if anyone decides to cross the line into someone else’s role. The athlete is the one most affected and the number one reason everyone is there, yet that focus is sometimes lost.  The parents, players and coaches should work together on a performance plan that ensures there is direction and open communication.  Parents should surround their athlete with the proper resources, which includes people who will be open, honest, and provide different options and opinions.  Making decisions about an athlete’s future requires a variety of discussions that prompt questions to help find the best answers.  Have an open mind and be realistic about the process.  As much as parents strive for the best opportunities and highest success for their athlete, it is also critical to understand the limitations and challenges that exist.  It is equally important to understand the goals of the athlete.  Providing an open forum for the athlete to share plans and utilizing good communication methods to interact with coaches will enhance the relationships between parents, players and coaches and will assist in staying within the proper role as a parent.