Medaling isn't a constant, right. There aren't many constants here, though, really. So, we have to consider context. In other words, opportunity does play a role in this achievement versus, say, cramming the night before an exam, which is very low barrier to entry (and is in complete control of the individual)!What are we considering as "medaling" because most invites I've been to go to top 3, there is one that I've been to that goes to 5. Then there's regionals which for us goes to 4, and states which goes to 5...No century award? Career 100 medals?
1. Participants who start B in fifth or sixth grade and have the opportunity to do SO until high school graduation have advantage over those with less such opportunities.
2. Participants who have access to JV teams have generally more opportunity to compete and earn medals (and, yes, even top scorers can, in theory, be on JV at some point in their career).
3. Participants living in regions with access to invitationals have an advantage.
4. The event rotation has impact, but the extent of which it does isn't really measurable. I'm supposing that people whose events are perennial have advantages over those whose rotate out because they become experts, especially if they start one on its second or third year cold (like, say, new Fossils folks in the 2017 season).
-Related, folks with a 'hunter' mentality ('I don't want to do the same event every season...') are disadvantaged compared to their 'nester' peers, say, the folks whom love CB/4N6, doing it annually.
5. And, returning to the original point, the medal colors at different tournaments attended matters. One Regional this season medaled to three and ribboned to five. This weekend's medals participants to six. The difference is significant.