The beauty of coaching young athletes is seeing the results of their work, their parents’ work and the coach’s work. However, it takes 100 percent commitment on everyone’s behalf in order for this to happen. Coaches Coach, Parents Parent and Players Play. I call this the Trident effect. Each one of these components make up the Parents-Players-Coaches Trident and provides the stability necessary to have a positive impact. I’ve seen many instances where the Trident is weakened because of minimal, ineffective or non-existent communication. There must be a plan in place that identifies each person’s role in the development of the athlete. This plan will help minimize negativity, finger pointing, player jealousy, parent jealousy and perceived disrespect by the coaches. A plan will open the lines of communication between the player and the coach, and will provide the parent with a clear understanding of how they can best be supportive. The objective is to create a foundation in which each person in the Trident may develop to be the best Player, best Parent and best Coach possible. This strong foundation will enable the player to forge ahead in pursuit of his or her goals and allows coaches to focus on their role in developing young athletes.