The “redshirt” rule is quite different for NCAA Division III athletes than it is for NCAA DI and DII student-athletes and can have major consequences if not known or understood.
NCAA Division III rules require that an athlete be charged with one of their four “seasons of participation” if they participate in a game or if they practice with their team after the first game of the season – even if they never appear in an actual game against another team during that season.
This happened to a client of ours last year. The athlete’s father contacted us to ask about his son’s redshirt season because he had left the team after just one week of the season.
However, since he continued practicing with the team after the first game, he was charged with a “season of participation” for that season, and had three seasons remaining rather than the four that the father thought he had.
If you have questions about redshirt rules or other eligibility issues for your student-athlete, schedule a confidential consultation online or call us at 913-766-1235.