I feel your pain Owl. Their system rewards teams for playing in more qualified tournaments (in their age group) and includes points from last year.
So, if a team plays in 4 qualifiers and finishes 7th, they can be ranked above a team that plays in 2 qualifiers and wins both.
Once the season starts, last year's points should be eliminated.
I don't understand why they don't tell each region to use the same system and then pull results from each region. In HOA, their system works fairly well. It takes into consideration Strength of Schedule, wins, losses etc... similar to the RPI.
If the clubs knew how the system works, they could schedule to maximize their ranking.
I understand the costs in doing this, but charge everyone $5 more and earmark it for a better system.