A Red Shirt Freshman is a student on an NCAA college sports team
who was kept out of competition for a year in order to prolong his or her eligibility. Usually this
to allow the student to be a "part" of the team
in terms of learning, healing from injury, and/or conditioning, but not a participant
in any of the contests/games/meets/etc.
The following year, they begin their
1st of 4 years of eligibility, or their
"freshman" year of eligibility, even if they are sophomores in terms of academics.