Can someone help a newb out, what defines a top 9-13U team, do they travel the country and play certain tournaments where they get ranked?
Our friends at perfect game do that. It's clearly fragmented, as it is only perfect game events. California and west coast are very underrepresented. Georgia/Florida/SE overrepresented. But teams on the ranking are definitely "high ranking".
I'm sure there are other rankings out there.