red-shirt

redshirt

[red-shurt]
noun
1.
a high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.
verb (used with object)
2.
to withdraw (an athlete) from varsity competition.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; from the red shirts worn in practice by such athletes

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redshirt
"to withdraw (a player) from the varsity team to add a year to his or her eligibility," 1955, in allusion to the red shirts worn by athletes on the scrimmage squad.
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