Thank you for posting ... most of what you have said is not new to us. When these questions surface there are some misleading responses but the majority of folks get it right.
This is the first of two questions ... last year we had several folks elevated in early start ratings which in my section are posted in September. By Year-End, nearly everyone of those folks were subsequently returned back to their previous levels.
When other teams complained about how few bump-ups there were, our Section Coordinator said that our section's representative played poorly at nationals and our section used their discretion to "dial back" our ratings.
Just how much discretion does a section have in manipulating the year-end ratings of their section?
"You should be playing linebacker, not singles."