The NCAA is changing its redshirt rules for football players.
Division I football players will now be allowed to participate in up to four games in one season without having to use a year of eligibility, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The rule will be in effect for the 2018 season.
The change in the redshirt rule is good for players and coaches, said Division I Council chairman Blake James.
“This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being. Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries,” James said in a statement. “Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition.”
Previously, football players were unable to participate in any games during a season if they were to gain a non-medical redshirt.
The NCAA also announced another new rule Wednesday that prevents schools from blocking where players can transfer.