Looking at the rosters of Division 1 college soccer teams, I notice that some programs redshirt consistently while others seldom do it. I understand completely the rationale for redshirting an injured player that cannot play for the season and also doing this due to grade problems, , however my question is around non-medical , non-grade related redshirting. Does this make sense considering that players only get better when consistently training and playing? Also is it fair to the players who often seem to disappear from the roster in the next year or so when new recruits come aboard? I pose this question after following some programs closely over the past couple of years and seeing redshirted players seldom end up in the starting lineup and often off the roster well before graduation. What are your thoughts?