I would appreciate some opinion and/or stories of past experience. My son is a freshman pitcher at a DIII. After the fall season, he had made the travel roster and had an excellent chance at a spot in the starting rotation. While working out over Christmas, he suffered an elbow injury and went through rehab. He should be cleared to pitch sometime this week.
Here is my question. His coach suggested that he consider red shirting. I know that there are many issues to consider, including the idea of paying for a 5th year of college. The coach has been very supportive, and is willing to consider son's wishes in making his final decision. The coach wants to have a meeting with all of us (son & parents) after he is officially cleared to discuss his decision. Has anyone had any experience with red shirting at a DIII? What are some of the other issues we should be considering?