More time at the beach, or the barbecue, or the mall on a steamy Monday.
In an email poll of area head coaches, 26 of 28 responding reported they labored on Labor Day. One exception was Foundation Academy (1-0), which does not play this week.
Mondays are a key day to turn attention to the next opponent, install game plans and do some teaching before heavier midweek practices.
Robert Hillery's family was off for a holiday camping trip right after Lake Mary finished its 22-21 season-opening victory against Winter Park last Friday. But the sophomore offensive tackle was fine with reporting back for a 3 p.m. Monday practice.
"My family knows I'm 100 percent football," Hillery said in a short breather. "This is no sacrifice for me. We're trying to win championships."
Lake Mary coach Scott Perry demands 100 percent turnout. No-show a practice, even if sick or injured, and you won't dress for the next game. So 93 of 94 varsity and junior-varsity players were on time and on the field. The missing player was being treated for an injury.
Running back Robert Brown could not practice and is expected to sit out a second game because of a high ankle sprain when the Rams play at Winter Springs (1-0) on Friday. But he was at work, perched high up in a tower videotaping practice.
The one team I know of that opted not to practice is Oak Ridge (1-0).
"We know the economic situation for a lot of our kids is that they have no way to get here when school is out," Pioneers coach Elijah Williams said. "I tried it my first year here, and I end up getting mad and kicking a kid off the team. To alleviate all that, we just don't practice on holidays. We'll get after it Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."
New West Oaks boys basketball coach Iren Rainey promises he is bringing a different culture to a program that has had public perception issues as an independent playing outside the Florida High School Athletic Association rulebook. But like predecessor Tony Atkins, Rainey is reeling in college prospects and states his mission is to groom them for the next level while pursuing national rankings attention.
That concept, decades old in some states, is still outside the comfort zone for many Floridians. Rainey, who wants to emulate the model prep basketball factory for which he played, Oak Hill Academy of Virginia, knows that will take some time.
On Tuesday night, he went to the airport to pick up 6-foot-8 Jordan Washington, a New York City native whose offer sheet, according to Rivals, includes Louisville, St. John's and Tennessee.
Washington, who led Pathways College Prep of Queens to back-to-back Public School Athletic League Class B city championships, joins a roster that includes Penn State commit Geno Thorpe, a point guard who averaged 21.5 points last season for Pittsburgh Shaler; and 6-5 wing Rudy Collins, another NYC native. Rainey said he also picked up two bigs and a wing through foundations that place African players at U.S. high schools.
Rainey said the players reside in a 6,000-square-foot house owned by a school, with a live-in housemother.
"The guys have chores, curfews and rules," Rainey said. "It's not just about basketball. We're going to help these kids be successful in all aspects."