The Play! Pokémon program relies on Pokémon Professors, folks around the world who volunteer their time to organize, host, and judge our amazing events! We’re always looking for people who want to be a part of the growing group that helps Pokémon fans play, share, create, and have fun in a fair, open, and family-friendly environment in their community.
Most Professors certified to organize Play! Pokémon events start by hosting low-level, noncompetitive events that simply provide a place for people to get together to play, try out new gameplay strategies, and just have fun. Learn more about hosting Pokémon League events.
Pokémon Professors can also run official tournaments where participants can earn prizes, and they can become certified as volunteer judges who help make sure that players understand the rules and that matches are conducted fairly.
The very best Play! Pokémon Professors may even be invited to join us at major events, including the Pokémon National Championships and Pokémon World Championships! Just as we invite the top players to compete at these prestigious events, we like to recognize our greatest volunteers for the hard work they put in throughout the year.
Pokémon Organized Play has developed an exciting rewards program to recognize Professors for the time they have spent assisting official Play! Pokémon activities such tournaments and Pokémon League events. Pokémon Professors who have earned enough credits throughout the year are also eligible to participate in the annual Professor Cup, where they can earn great prizes. Learn more about the Professor Rewards Program!
Support and tools
Members of the Pokémon Professor program who are focused on organizing events gain access to all the tools they need to get started. As a Professor, when you become certified as an organizer, you’ll be able to advertise your events on our site, and you’ll get access to tools such as our Tournament Operations Manager (TOM) software, which you will need when running your events.
What if you just want to volunteer?
There’s no special process for helping out at your local events. We suggest you use the Play! Pokémon event locator to find events near you and discuss any volunteer opportunities with the organizers. We’re sure they’ll be glad to have the extra help!
Thank you to all of our past, current, and future Play! Pokémon Professors. The Play! Pokémon program would not exist without the countless dedicated hours that make Pokémon events fun for the millions of Pokémon fans around the world.