Summer vacation

School’s out for the summer.

Well, something like that.

Virginia Mason Athletic Center has settled into a summertime slumber, as the Seahawks have broken for a five-week vacation that began following the conclusion of this week’s minicamp on Wednesday. Here are a few notes surrounding the holiday:

  • Coaches and players are on break until the end of July, when they’ll report back for training camp.
  • Rookies aren’t home free quite yet, though. They’ll work out with the strength and conditioning staff four days per week for the next two weeks before receiving about 20 days off.
  • The players won’t be sitting around doing nothing for the entirety of the next month. The strength and conditioning coaches have handed out carefully conceived 65-page workout manuals that give the players a day-by-day plan for how to remain in shape during the break.
  • Coaches and players will use the next five weeks to travel and relax at home as they gear up for the grueling season ahead. “The break lets everyone get away,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said on Wednesday, “but also gives us a chance to focus in.”
  • Coach Pete Carroll will use part of the break to promote his new book, “Win Forever,” which will be released July 13. He’ll go on a tour through New York, San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle starting July 13 and going until July 23.

Coaches will return to work in late July and players will report back shortly thereafter to commence preparations for training camp and the 2010 season. But for now, it’s time for a breather.

“You’ve earned a great break,” Carroll told the coaches and players in Wednesday’s team meeting. “Make the most of it so we can come back ready to go.”

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