Removed from a game or removed from play; can be applied to any situation where one is not permitted to participate in an activity.
Derived from the sporting world where players often sit on a bench when not playing. A player can be benched for many reasons including but not limited to: playing or performing poorly or sucking, disobeying the coach or leader, unsportsmanlike conduct, not following the game plan, showing up late, etc.
Coach says I'm benched because I can't catch today.
Man I thought I had a chance with that cute girl over there but she totally benched me.
A term used typically to describe a team of people consisting of fewer than the usual number attributed to that group. It can be applied to any similar situation.
Derived largely from the hockey world where players sit on a "bench" when not playing (see benched) and occasionally field a team with fewer teammates than ideally necessary, either due to players not showing up for the game or by the coach's decision.
Even though our playoff finals were on a holiday weekend, we won our championship game despite the short bench.
Due to the last long weekend, we have a short bench at our beach house this coming weekend.