Definition of redshirt in English:

redshirt

noun

US
informal
  • A college athlete who is withdrawn from college sporting events during one year in order to develop skills and extend the period of playing eligibility by a further year at this level of competition.

    • ‘A starter since his redshirt freshman season, McNeil will be entering the 2003 season with 34 starts to his credit.’
    • ‘He missed a game due to a hamstring injury as a redshirt freshman, another game as a sophomore with a sprained ankle, and two more games as a junior when he broke his arm.’
    • ‘Luckily, my brother, Walter, is a redshirt freshman running back at Illinois; having him down there made it a lot easier for my mom.’
    • ‘Gary Godsey, a redshirt freshman better suited to play tight end, stepped in and delivered a win over Purdue.’
    • ‘Coaches rave about McRath, a redshirt freshman who lacks size but is fast and has battled back from a shoulder injury.’
    • ‘It's kind of like a redshirt year in college simply because you're not doing what the other guys are doing.’
    • ‘Otherwise, we were going to play a redshirt and five freshmen.’
    • ‘Instead, it ended up being like a redshirt year in college for him, as he went to meetings every day but never graced the field on game days.’
    • ‘But don't count redshirt freshmen Brodie Croyle, one of the program's biggest recruiting catches in recent years, and Spencer Pennington out of the battle.’
    • ‘Another is redshirt freshman TB Manuel White, a burly sort who tortured the varsity while on the scout team last season.’
    • ‘As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he made 25 catches, the second most on the team.’
    • ‘At one point, the unit featured three sophomores and four redshirt freshmen as starters.’
    • ‘He started racking up stats in limited time during his redshirt freshman season.’
    • ‘When I was a redshirt freshman, we played Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.’
    • ‘And Florida's just as fortunate Gaffney, a redshirt freshman, never gave up on playing for the Gators.’
    • ‘The others are redshirt freshman Jeff Krohn, a former walk-on who shone in the spring, and sophomore Matt Cooper.’
    • ‘As a redshirt freshman last season, Stubblefield led Purdue with 64 catches.’
    • ‘Insiders think Hall, a redshirt freshman, could be a future star.’
    • ‘As a redshirt freshman last year, Lorenzen was listed at 275 pounds but played closer to the 300-pound range.’
    • ‘Jason Johnson will be back for his senior year, and Nic Costa will be a redshirt freshman.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]US
informal
  • 1(of a coach) keep (an athlete) out of college competition for a year in order to develop the athlete's skills and extend their period of playing eligibility.

    ‘he came to Ohio State as a defensive lineman and was redshirted in 2010’
    • ‘Last year the school had to redshirt its divers when the diving coach quit mid-season.’
    • ‘When North Carolina redshirted him his first season and wasn't sure yet about where to play him, the school simply listed his position as ‘athlete.’’
    • ‘The coaches chose to redshirt Allen simply because Thompson is better.’
    • ‘The coaching staff might consider redshirting him.’
    • ‘Berlin also could be redshirted, although that is less likely, considering the instability the Gators have had at quarterback the past few years.’
    • ‘‘He can't take the same leadership role with the young kids because we redshirted him,’ Olson says.’
    • ‘Moore was redshirted in 1996 and backed up Engelberger in '97.’
    • ‘‘Not every player is inclined to be redshirted,’ Parnell laughs.’
    • ‘And if we can't get the complete guy, we get a guy who's missing something and we try to fill in his blanks by redshirting him, or plenty of individual instruction.’
    • ‘He was redshirted after suffering a sprained neck in 2000.’
    • ‘The staff, which is excited about Baker's ability, wanted to redshirt him because of depth at the position.’
    • ‘I was redshirted the first semester, and that was fine.’
    • ‘Hill could sense he was losing Carr, yet the coach was convinced redshirting Carr would be the best for the program while also guaranteeing Carr two full years of starting.’
    • ‘Any decision to redshirt me likely won't be made until midseason.’
    • ‘He was redshirted in 1999, and when the 2000 season began, he weighed 270.’
    • ‘Ellis could be redshirted, but there's no guarantee he would be healthier in 2003.’
    • ‘Coach Rick Barnes initially considered redshirting Taylor but changed his mind when he saw Taylor's offensive ability and when guard Kenton Paulino was injured in preseason practice.’
    • ‘He still wasn't a top recruit, but the Miami coaches liked his upside and signed him, then redshirted him in 1999.’
    • ‘Guard Greg Ransom was redshirted to focus on academics.’
    • ‘He was so good in spring practice, coaches were second-guessing a decision to redshirt him in 2000.’
    1. 1.1no object (of an athlete) stay out of college competition for a year to develop one’s skills and extend one’s period of playing eligibility.
      ‘he redshirted last season’
      • ‘He redshirted as a freshman and played sparingly last season.’
      • ‘No matter how long he's out, Hall won't redshirt.’
      • ‘‘I am going to redshirt my first year of Volleyball so I can get adjusted to playing both sports at that level,’ explains Wiggins.’
      • ‘He had a bad reaction to his original medication last year, lost 15 pounds and finally redshirted.’
      • ‘Several swimmers are redshirting or changing their training to prepare for the US.’
      • ‘Parry, who wants to play on kickoffs, could redshirt this year and have two years of eligibility left.’
      • ‘But Florida would like Berlin to redshirt in 2002, which would clear the path for him to be the starter in 2004.’
      • ‘She was able to redshirt, thus she did not lose a year of playing.’
      • ‘Carl, who redshirted last year, is super quick and has great upper-body strength.’
      • ‘Finally, he sat out three games his senior season thinking he'd redshirt, only to be asked to play when the starters were hurt.’
      • ‘He redshirted in 2001 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and then returned to the lineup the following two seasons at left tackle.’
      • ‘White redshirted last year because of injury while Connecticut won the NCAA title.’
      • ‘His speed and athleticism were apparent when he redshirted last year.’
      • ‘‘Experience tells me about 85 percent will redshirt,’ Koetter says.’
      • ‘Since I had to redshirt my sophomore year, Wells devoted a lot of his time into helping me through the transition to shooting guard.’
      • ‘He redshirted his first year, didn't throw a pass in his second year and now has a chance to become the most celebrated player in the history of the game.’
      • ‘After redshirting in 1998, he used the next three seasons to learn his new position.’
      • ‘I sometimes think it might have been better if I had redshirted, but I've also learned a lot from it.’
      • ‘After redshirting in 1998, Kennedy became a starter midway through the '99 season.’
      • ‘Johnson will redshirt next year while he plays basketball, but Gordon and Harris should contribute right away.’

Origin

From the red shirts worn by athletes in practices with regular team members.

Pronunciation

redshirt

/ˈredˌSHərt/