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    I've been hearing terms of "red shirt", "red shirting" and so on in this forum. What does this mean?
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    Redshirt is a term used in American college athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, a number derived from the four years of academic classes that are required to obtain a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, a student athlete may opt to redshirt for one year which allows the athlete to spread those four years of eligibility over five years. In a redshirt year, a student athlete may attend classes at the college or university and practice with an athletic team, but he or she may not play in games. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has up to five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus creating the phenomenon of the "fifth-year senior."
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    Iirc, the term orig. comes from the red shirt worn by injured footballer on feild to alert other players not to go full-force on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goferphan View Post
    Redshirt is a term used in American college athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, a number derived from the four years of academic classes that are required to obtain a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, a student athlete may opt to redshirt for one year which allows the athlete to spread those four years of eligibility over five years. In a redshirt year, a student athlete may attend classes at the college or university and practice with an athletic team, but he or she may not play in games. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has up to five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus creating the phenomenon of the "fifth-year senior."
    Thanks that explained a lot! So he can practice but he can't in any way compete? Is that correct?
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    They can compete in open tournaments generally and/or unattached meaning without their schools singlets and typically have to pay their own way to open tournaments if they don't want those matches counting.

    In addition I think if they take a medical redshirt they have to have wrestled in less than 25% of the total eligible matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goferphan View Post
    Redshirt is a term used in American college athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, a number derived from the four years of academic classes that are required to obtain a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, a student athlete may opt to redshirt for one year which allows the athlete to spread those four years of eligibility over five years. In a redshirt year, a student athlete may attend classes at the college or university and practice with an athletic team, but he or she may not play in games. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has up to five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus creating the phenomenon of the "fifth-year senior."
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    I thought wikipedia was only used by doctors?
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    I don't have room in my brain for stuff like this, so I keep it all at wikipedia.
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    To really confuse you they also have a Gray-shirt. This is used alot in football or other fall sports, a player goes to a junior college his 1st semester of his freshman year he/she enrolls as a part time student. They than enter their University of choice in the second semester under scholarship, redshirt the next season giving them 5.5 years and 5 spring football practices. I believe this was first started in the WAC and Mt West to keep up with BYU who's player were going on religious missions and returning as 20/21 year old freshman.

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