League Information

Pokémon Leagues are usually casual environments where fans and friends get together to trade cards, learn new deck-building ideas, and play games using decks they build.  New players seeking to learn how to play and experienced players trying out new deck ideas all meet at leagues to have fun playing the Pokémon-TCG and Video Game.  At the league, promotional items are earned (as seen in the league history section) that can only be obtained through the leagues.

The league leader does not choose opponents for each player.  Instead, the players choose who they would like to play with.  A league leader may request certain players play games with each other if they are having difficulty finding opponents due to the size of the league.  There are no rankings and ratings at League. Players at league are usually testing new ideas and building decks for fun instead of using highly competitive decks.


Who can play in leagues and where are they?

How young/old are the players?
What skill level do league players play at?
When are leagues?

How do leagues work?
What information is needed?
Is there an admission cost to play?
What should a player bring to league?
What goes on during league?
If a player loses a game, do they lose any cards?
Are there any rules about trading cards?
What are the "seasons"?
Where do the items given to players at league (scorecards, promotional cards, etc) come from?

How will I be rated after the event?
How is my participation recorded after league?
What are Play Points?

Who can play in leagues and where are they?

How young/old are the players?
In general, the age of the players at leagues ranges from 7 to 18 and older but leagues tend to attract more younger players because of the prizes it offers and the casual skill level of league.

Younger players may be at league to learn how to play, trade cards, test deck and team ideas with friends, and earn the promotional items that league offers.  Older players may be at league to test tournament decks, trade cards, and earn the promotional items that can only be found at league.

What skill level do league players play at?
It depends on the league location, but leagues usually attract a casual to mildly competitive assortment of players.  Most players are at league for fun and to test new ideas.

Beginning players should look at our The Basics page so they are ready to jump in and play when they get to league.

At most leagues, a 60-card deck and simple knowledge of how to play is required.  The league leader can arrange for someone to teach new players how to play if they don't know how to play.  Some leagues use the video game as well.  Choosing to play the video game at league will then require a simple knowledge of how to play the video game.

Are you looking for an event a little more competitive?  Check out our Tournament Information page to see if you are ready for a tournament.

When are leagues?
Checking out our League Locations page for a listing of leagues in Virginia.

How do leagues work?

What information is needed?
The league leader will need the player's first and last name, the player's birth date, and Player ID (if available). If the player does not have a Player ID, the league leader can provide one to the player.

Is there an admission cost to play?
The league leader decides on any admission costs for players, and it varies at each location. These are usually for league upkeep and maintenance or additional prizes. League leaders can choose to have free admission. Please check the League Locations page for additional information about each individual league.

What should a player bring to league?
Players should bring their cards, damage counters, and a few extra cards to trade.  For the video game, players should make sure their game system is fully charged and have their chargers available too.

Beginning players should look at our The Basics page so they are ready to jump in and play when they get to league.

If a player has been to a another league or has been to a tournament, the player may have been assigned a Player ID number. The player should bring that too.

What goes on during league?
Each player uses his or her own 60-card deck or video game team to play with other players.  Each game played earns the player a stamp on a scorecard.  As stamps accumulate, the player earns promotional cards and special badges. Players may also trade cards, build/change decks, and learn new ideas from the other players. At most leagues, a 60-card deck and simple knowledge of how to play is required.  The league leader can arrange for someone to teach new players how to play if they don't know how to play.  Some leagues use the video game as well.  Choosing to play the video game at league will then require a simple knowledge of how to play the video game.

If a player loses a game, do they lose any cards?
No. No cards belonging to players are lost or won as a result of a game. 

Are there any rules about trading cards?
Each league has different rules about trading cards.  Please check with the individual league pages about their rules.  As a general rule, fairness in all trades is strongly encouraged.  The Card Rarity page has a listing of card types and how common or rare cards of that type are.

What are the "seasons"?
Seasons are themes that the league uses to customize its promotional items for league. Each season has a different scorecard design, promotional cards, badges, or other items. They may have a unique challenge that can be used by the players while playing a game. Other than the optional season challenge, the season theme does not affect game play or set any requirement to be able to play at the league. Each season is about 6 weeks long.

Where do the items given to players at league (scorecards, promotional cards, etc) come from?
They are provided by the Play! Pokémon program when the League Leader submits an end-of-the-season report of who participated at the league.  This report is used to give players credit in the Player Rewards program as well as provide the league with new supplies.  The Play! Pokémon program provides league supplies based on the number of participants who have activated and linked My Pokémon accounts.  In order to get supplies for everyone, it is important that each league participant has one of these.  The league receives a few extra supplies to support new players while they get they My Pokémon accounts linked.

How will I be rated after league?

How is my participation recorded after league?
The league leader sends your name, Player ID, and birthdate to the Play! Pokémon program. In your My Pokémon Account, your participation will then show up in your leagues section.

What are Play Points?
For each League season, players earn 1 Play! Point in the Player Rewards Program.  However, attending more than 1 league does not affect this.  If you play two different leagues, you will still only earn 1 Play! Point for the season being reported.