[quote author="Zach Batcho" date="1275475175"]When I was working with some decathletes awhile ago the longest I could get them to take off was 4 days. So in their case I told them to take a month and a half and look good for the beach (body build and practice volleyball and ultimate frisbee). It worked out really well because they were ready to train once the season started and made some great initial adaptations to the training.
The girl that I mentioned above that’s supposed to be taking 2 weeks off has been playing open gym basketball with the basketball team. I just found this out. I wanted her to take 2 weeks off with ABSOLUTELY no activity involved, THEN resume light activity (like basketball, core training, etc.). Is this a problem that she is still engaging in activities instead of complere rest after 1 calendar year of training?[/quote]
The only time I could get my guys to take any real time off is by locking them in prison. I never found it to be an issue if they took a couple days off (at least 3) and did physical activity they enjoyed so they weren’t being mentally taxed. Just throw in an extra rest day or two throughout the summer and you should be fine with her. Not being in school for the summer allows for some good rest to happen naturally just from the reduced daily stress.