Originally Posted by ohplease
Also, benchmark players should be at the LOCAL level, not playoff. For any given level, the players that make it to regional competitions are by definition the cream of the crop. Skim them off.
I assume this comment is made based on the incorrect belief that benchmark players are some sort of standard for a level. A player is a benchmark if s/he has been to district playoffs or beyond irrespective of how good they are or what their record is. That is because benchmark players are used to correlate rankings across different regions. To do that, you have to use players who have actually played players from other regions.
If you use local players as a benchmark, how are you going to correlate across regions to ensure a consistent national standard?