Origin of redshirtfrom the traditional red shirts worn by the scrimmage team, with whom such players may continue to practice
transitive verbred·shirt·ed, red·shirt·ing, red·shirts
Origin of redshirtFrom the red jerseys worn by such athletes to distinguish them from the regular players.
(third-person singular simple present redshirts, present participle redshirting, simple past and past participle redshirted)
- (US, collegiate sports) to place an athlete in a status wherein the athlete will spend a year not participating in official athletic activities, but will not lose his or her eligibility to participate in following years.
- The university decided to redshirt the freshman linebacker to give him an extra year to build up his bulk.
- (US) To hold a child out of kindergarten for one year in the hope that the child will do better academically and socially.
- Parents who redshirt their 5-year-olds instead of enrolling them in kindergarten are a concern to some Nebraska educators who are trying to reverse the trend of holding children back until age 6 to start school. —"Some Educators Oppose Redshirting 5-Year-Olds," The Omaha World-Herald, March 1, 1985