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[[File:League logo.png|right|thumb|Pokémon League logo]]
 
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A '''Pokémon League''', often casually referred to simply as '''the League''', is a periodic gathering, typically weekly, of players of the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] and [[Pokémon games]]. During a Pokémon League session, players will trade cards or Pokémon and battle for fun. It is not a structured tournament and there are no real "prizes" for winning. However, each player is issued a [[#Score Card|Score Card]] upon registering, on which the [[#League Leader|League Leader]] will stamp a mark for each game won.
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A '''Pokémon League''', often casually referred to simply as '''League''', is a periodic gathering, typically weekly, of players of the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] and [[Pokémon games]]. During a Pokémon League session, players battle and trade for fun. It is not a structured tournament and there are no regular "prizes" for winning. However, each player is issued a [[#Score Card|Score Card]] upon registering, on which the [[#League Leader|League Leader]] will stamp a mark for each game won, eventually resulting in [[#Current rewards|minor prizes]].
   
Most Pokémon Leagues meet once a week, year round, though some meet more or less than that, with some Leagues running during only a certain time period.
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Most Pokémon Leagues meet once a week, year round, though some meet more or less than that, with some Leagues running once a month during only a certain time period.
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[[File:Seattle League.jpg|thumb|Players at a League in Seattle, Washington]]
   
 
== League Leader ==
 
== League Leader ==
A '''League Leader''' is the person in charge of maintaining a Pokémon League. The League Leader takes care of organizing times and dates for the League to meet, to make [[Pokémon Organized Play]], abbreviated as POP, aware of the League's existence and to obtain the promotional cards from POP for the players in the League. Additionally, the League Leader is expected to stamp players' cards when they play games, and to hand out the promotional cards and other POP supplied league rewards once they have been earned.
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A '''League Leader''' is the person in charge of maintaining a Pokémon League. The League Leader takes care of organizing League dates, to maintain that [[Play! Pokémon]] is aware of the League's existence, in order to receive player rewards and other League materials. Additionally, the League Leader is expected to stamp players' cards when they play games, and to hand out the promotional cards and other supplied League rewards once they have been earned.
   
 
== Score Card ==
 
== Score Card ==
 
[[Image:League card.jpg|right|thumb|A current Pokémon League card]]
 
[[Image:League card.jpg|right|thumb|A current Pokémon League card]]
Upon registering with a Pokémon League, players receive a '''Score Card'''. This card is a foldable piece of cardstock approximately the size of a small greeting card. The outer design of this card provides space for the player's name and Player ID. Inside the card are two sides, on the left are counters for TCG matches (four rows, six columns) and VG ones for the right side (four rows, seven columns). Completing any row, leading to a Poké Ball earns the player a Promo Card, completing the same side of the card two seasons in a row earns the player a DS lite / DSi decal.
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Upon registering with a Pokémon League, players receive a '''Score Card'''. This card is a foldable piece of card stock approximately the size of a small greeting card. The outer design of this card provides space for the player's name and Player ID. Inside the card are two sides, one for TCG matches and one for video game battles. Completing any row earns the player a League Promo.
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== Current rewards ==
 
== Current rewards ==
 
=== Promotional foil cards ===
 
=== Promotional foil cards ===
Promotional cards earned in Pokémon Leagues are exclusive to the Pokémon Organized Play and will only be available in leagues. The cards have a Poké Ball logo in the description area, though are not Black Star promos; instead, these cards are foil versions of an existing card.
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Promotional cards earned in Pokémon Leagues, dubbed "League Promos," are exclusive to Pokémon Leagues. The cards are not traditional Black Star promotional cards; instead, these cards are foil, Play! Pokémon branded versions of existing set cards.
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==== 2009-2010 cycle====
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* Rival Season: [[Snorlax (Rising Rivals 33)|Snorlax]] and [[Uxie (Legends Awakened 43)|Uxie]]
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* Cyrus Season: [[Arcanine G (Supreme Victors 15)|Arcanine G]] and [[Dialga G (Platinum 7)|Dialga G]]
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* Cynthia Season: [[Milotic C (Supreme Victors 35)|Milotic C]] and [[Claydol (Great Encounters 15)|Claydol]]
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* Palmer Season: [[Dragonite FB (Supreme Victors 56)|Dragonite FB]] and [[Roseanne's Research (Secret Wonders 125)|Roseanne's Research]]
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* Thorton Season: [[Skarmory FB (Supreme Victors 83)|Skarmory FB]] and [[Felicity's Drawing (Great Encounters 98)|Felicity's Drawing]]
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* Dahlia Season: [[Dusknoir FB (Supreme Victors 26)|Dusknoir FB]] and [[Bebe's Search (Rising Rivals 89)|Bebe's Search]]
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* Darach Season: [[Empoleon FB (Supreme Victors 27)|Empoleon FB]] and [[Underground Expedition (Rising Rivals 97)|Underground Expedition]]
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* Argenta Season: [[Butterfree FB (Supreme Victors 17)|Butterfree FB]] and [[Warp Point (Majestic Dawn 88)|Warp Point]]
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==== 2010-2011 cycle ====
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* Ring Drop Season: [[Donphan (HeartGold & SoulSilver 40)|Donphan]] and [[Spiritomb (Arceus 32)|Spiritomb]]
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* Hurdle Dash Season: [[Crobat (Unleashed 14)|Crobat]] and [[Expert Belt (Arceus 87)|Expert Belt]]
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* Snow Throw Season: [[Delibird (HeartGold & SoulSilver 39)|Delibird]] and [[Azelf (Legends Awakened 19)|Azelf]]
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* Block Smash Season: [[Steelix (Unleashed 24)|Steelix]] and [[Metal Energy (Special)|Special Metal Energy]]
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* Disc Catch Season: [[Houndoom (Undaunted 5)|Houndoom]] and [[Darkness Energy (Special)|Special Darkness Energy]]
   
 
=== Promotional Nintendo DS skin ===
 
=== Promotional Nintendo DS skin ===
These are adhesive skins designed to decorate a player's Nintendo DS. Every other League season will introduce a skin which will match one of the seasons. In addition to the promo cards earned for reaching a single Poké Ball, those who go a step further and reach all four Poké Balls on a single side of their scorecard two seasons in a row will earn one of these exclusive skins.
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These adhesive skins are designed to decorate a player's Nintendo DS. Criteria for winning these depend on what the League Leader would like to do, though traditionally the skins are given after completing an entire side on a card.
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=== Patches ===
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Starting in the 2010-2011 cycle, a heat seal patch is given out that matches the League Season. The patch, while technically heat seal, can also be hand ironed.
   
 
== Discontinued rewards ==
 
== Discontinued rewards ==

Revision as of 17:25, 11 December 2010

Pokémon League logo

A Pokémon League, often casually referred to simply as League, is a periodic gathering, typically weekly, of players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon games. During a Pokémon League session, players battle and trade for fun. It is not a structured tournament and there are no regular "prizes" for winning. However, each player is issued a Score Card upon registering, on which the League Leader will stamp a mark for each game won, eventually resulting in minor prizes.

Most Pokémon Leagues meet once a week, year round, though some meet more or less than that, with some Leagues running once a month during only a certain time period.

Players at a League in Seattle, Washington

League Leader

A League Leader is the person in charge of maintaining a Pokémon League. The League Leader takes care of organizing League dates, to maintain that Play! Pokémon is aware of the League's existence, in order to receive player rewards and other League materials. Additionally, the League Leader is expected to stamp players' cards when they play games, and to hand out the promotional cards and other supplied League rewards once they have been earned.

Score Card

A current Pokémon League card

Upon registering with a Pokémon League, players receive a Score Card. This card is a foldable piece of card stock approximately the size of a small greeting card. The outer design of this card provides space for the player's name and Player ID. Inside the card are two sides, one for TCG matches and one for video game battles. Completing any row earns the player a League Promo.

Current rewards

Promotional foil cards

Promotional cards earned in Pokémon Leagues, dubbed "League Promos," are exclusive to Pokémon Leagues. The cards are not traditional Black Star promotional cards; instead, these cards are foil, Play! Pokémon branded versions of existing set cards.

2009-2010 cycle

2010-2011 cycle

Promotional Nintendo DS skin

These adhesive skins are designed to decorate a player's Nintendo DS. Criteria for winning these depend on what the League Leader would like to do, though traditionally the skins are given after completing an entire side on a card.

Patches

Starting in the 2010-2011 cycle, a heat seal patch is given out that matches the League Season. The patch, while technically heat seal, can also be hand ironed.

Discontinued rewards

POP booster packs

If the player plays a certain number of games, they will receive a booster pack of POP cards. These are now sent to players who are opted into the Player Rewards Program.

Badges

Badges obtained in a Pokémon League once a player completes their League Card and reaches the Badge symbol at the end. Badges in the Pokémon League often, but not always, correspond with Badges in the Pokémon games.