There seem to be two schools of thought on timing breaks for high school teams. Teams I ran for always took breaks between the seasons. So we'd get a break from training between XC and indoor, then another between indoor and outdoor. I've noticed, though, that a few teams roll straight through early indoor season off of XC fitness, and then take their break around the holidays instead of taking a break between the seasons.
The break right after XC seems to be by far the more common schedule, but now that I've started to think about it, holding off on winding things down until mid-winter seems to make a lot of sense. It allows you to run fast indoor times early off of XC fitness, then wind things down and rest up, then run fast again at the end of indoor as you're gearing up for outdoor track. It also seems to me that it would create a better lead-in to the outdoor season. Indoor is super long, and by breaking it in half, you make it more manageable to create a single continuous training cycle from late indoor through the end of outdoor.
So what are the pros and cons of the conventional between-seasons break vs. pushing the break back to mid-winter? Am I missing something when I conclude that the latter seems like the general better option?