NEW Ipswich Force coach Andrew Summerville is happy to give his players time off before getting down to business.
With the 2013 Queensland Basketball League season starting two weeks later in May, Summerville is conscious of doing too much too early.
"We'll give the boys some time to rest over the Christmas break and holidays and we'll start the end of January,'' he said. "Otherwise our pre-season will be longer than the actual season.''
Summerville said the retirement of Ipswich stalwart Ryan Stolberg was a big hole to fill playing wise.
"But I believe Stolly is interested doing some assistant coaching on a part-time role with the team so it will be good to have his expertise around the club still,'' he said.
Force have lost utility Ryan Jeffries to Brisbane and powerful centre Ben Allen, who has signed with the South Australia league.
Rising talent Jason Ralph will be missing for some games as he chases his US College dreams.
Summerville is in talks with scoring aces Shaun Gleeson and Zarryon Fereti about staying with the Force next season.
"Unfortunately we are a bit of a victim of success of last year where our players become targets for teams with bigger budgets,'' Summerville said.
"Other teams are swooping on our players and making them offers that we can't meet. Hopefully some of those guys will stay and we will be able to build on what we did last year.
"I think the team is going to go through a bit of a rebuilding phase for next year at least.
"I definitely wanted to keep last year's team.
"I thought there was no point in me coming in and trying to make any wholesale changes.
"But I'll get to start afresh with a different group.''