With spring sports such as baseball, softball, lacrosse and track starting soon, this is a good time to review the rules if your athlete is considering a redshirt season.
NCAA Division I and II
If an athlete enters a contest (at the varsity or JV level), even if only for one or two minutes or for one or two plays, that athlete will be using one of their four seasons of college eligibility.
Once that happens, their only opportunity to get this season “over again” will be if they suffer a season-ending injury or illness before the midpoint of the season and have not exceeded the limit on the number of games played or dates of competition for their sport.
NCAA Division III
To redshirt at the NCAA Division III level, the athlete must completely remove themselves from the team before the first game or contest of the season. The D3 rules charge a “season of participation” if an athlete is practicing with their team once the season begins, even if the athlete never appears in a game for their team during the season.
NJCAA and CCCAA
Same as NCAA Division I and II
The NAIA only charges an athlete with a season of competition if the athlete appears in more than 20 percent of the maximum number of contests or dates of competition in their sport. However, any participation in NAIA-approved postseason will count as a season used.