This should generate some discussion.
Looking at the last 5 years at the 12U, 14U, and 16U age groups, you can see some clear patterns with the clubs. For me, I like clubs that challenge their players and teams and will field AA teams when they have enough teams at an age group.
I split the clubs into four categories with regard to sandbagging; Never, Rarely, Occasionally, Frequently. It's subjective but there is data backing these up.
Blazers, Ducks, Hershey, Ice Dogs
Kings, Palmyra, Quakers, Wildcats
Chester, Delco, Snider, Grundy, Jr Blue Hens, Colonials, York
Haverford: At the PW level, they have fielded AA teams each of the last 5 years. 3 of the last 4 years, their 2nd team has played A-American with an avg Winning PCT of 0.84. A - National one of these years perhaps?
At the Bantam level, they have had a AA team 4 of last 5 years. 18-19 they had three teams and their top team played A-National with a winning PCT of 0.83. Their 2nd team every year either played B or A-American with a an winning PCT of 0.78. Players could be challenged more.
No real issues at Midget level.
Lancaster: last couple years have been bad.
At the PW age group for 18-19, had three teams #1 team played A-National with a 1.00 Win PCT. #2 team played A-American with a 0.80 Win PCT.
At the Bantam age group, last two years they've had three teams. Top team played A-National with winning PCT's of 0.91 and 0.94.
No issues at the Midget level.
Lehigh Valley: many examples of having teams play down when enough teams are in an age group to challenge players. Examples at all age levels.
Wissahickon: Smaller club but winning seems more important than challenging players. Many examples of teams playing lower levels to accumulate wins. Their top Bantam team in 18-19 played A-American with three teams for the club at the age group. Team went undefeated.ADMIN EDIT: Image added to post by administrator.