With the cancellation of all 2020 Spring college sports, all ball players are being granted an additional year of eligibility. Essentially, everyone is getting a red-shirt year. According to the definition by wikipedia, "A Redshirt in United States college athletics, is a delay or suspension of an athlete's participation to lengthen their period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, aligning with the four years of academic classes typically required to earn a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, in a redshirt year, student athletes may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and "suit up" (wear a team uniform) for play – but they may compete in only a limited number of games. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has at most five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus becoming what is termed a fifth-year senior."
The above ultimately boils down to conflict because incoming freshman in the fall of 2020 (current high school seniors as of April 2020) are not being granted an additional year to play in high school. As a result, there will be an unprecedented influx of ball players competing for the same playing time, scholarships and positions.
One remedy the NCAA has done is to expand the roster size for Baseball. A normal size of the roster is 35 with only 11.17 scholarships. With additional roster spots, it only seems fair that a proportionate amount of scholarships should become readily available. This unfortunately is still out for debate.
What are your thoughts on whether or not the NCAA should increase the number of scholarships for baseball teams.
CLICK HERE to read the entire article from the NCAA website that explains how Spring sport athletes affected by the COVID19 situation will be granted an additional year of eligibility.
Coach Jared Eichelberger is a San Diego native who enjoys sharing baseball knowledge to help build awesome playing & coaching experiences for all.