“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got…

Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.” 

I am sure when Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo wrote those lines 40 years ago they were not referencing high school student-athletes and their teachers and coaches navigating a global pandemic, but it is more applicable now than ever before.

This is our last week of winter workouts and staff meetings.  When the clock strikes noon on Friday, we will begin Winter break.  A well-deserved break and opportunity to decompress and consider the refresh and rebirth Spring will soon bring us.  There will be no scheduled workouts, no meetings, and I pray that their teachers give no homework.  The goal of a break is to relax so students and staff can return recharged and refocused.  

We understand that our athletes will not suffer significant drops in strength, power, body mass, aerobic capacity, or stamina with a one-week break, but we do trust it will do wonders for their mental health.  We want them to come back rested, happy, stressless, and energetic because we begin Spring practices the day we return to school. 

How do you plan to rest, refocus, and recharge? I sincerely hope you will be as thoughtful in the pursuit of rest and recovery as you are in the pursuit of your goals. It’s what we aspire to for our players, and certainly for our coaches and staff.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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