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Zach Holland Sport Management 365 9/21/2011 Redshirting High School Athletes In this day and age everyone is trying to gain an advantage. Redshirting is no different whether it be a five-star college recruit or a high school freshman whose father wants him to grow into his frame. The practice of redshirting goes back to 1937 when Warren Alfson was the first non-injury redshirt for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers (Simon, 2009). The term originated during the 1950’s and refers to the red shirts worn in practice by players that opted to only practice without participation in varsity competition. The definition of redshirting is “a high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility” (Redshirting, 2011). College redshirting has been an acceptable practice for quite some time but the competitiveness is now trickling down to the high school ranks. Redshirting high school athletes is a new phenomenon that doesn’t go without its share of ethical and moral dilemmas. On a case-by-case basis, redshirting high school athletes could be an established practice but redshirting to allow an offensive guard to get larger in size is unethical.
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