Play! Points

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Play! Points?

Play! Points reward players for simply doing what they love: playing Pokémon! Earn Play! Points at every official Pokémon tournament or League event. Larger events such as Championship tournaments award even more Play! Points!

How do I earn Play! Points?

Set up a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Play! Pokémon Player ID, set your preferences to opt in to Play! Pokémon programs, and then participate in Pokémon Leagues and tournaments. That's it!

How do I opt in?

Log in to your Pokémon Trainer Club account (parents, you'll need to do this for your kids). Then click the “Edit Profile” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page to “Play! Pokémon Preferences,” and select “Yes! I want to participate in all available Play! Pokémon Programs.”

What are Play! Points used for?

Play! Points are used to qualify players for high-level events such as National Championships, as well as a way for players to compare their event participation to others worldwide.

What happens if I don't play every round of a tournament?

Play! Points will be awarded only to players who complete at least two rounds of a tournament. Any byes do count towards this two-round total. Forced losses (late arrival) do not.

What are the Play! Points values for Leagues and tournaments?

For the 2014 tournament season, Play! Points values are awarded as follows for Trading Card Game and video game events separately:

Non-Premier Events:

  • Tournament: 1 per event per month, up to 12 total per year

  • League: 1 per League season, up to 8 total per year

Premier Events:

  • Prerelease tournament: 1 per event, no limit

  • League Challenge: 1 per event, no limit

  • City Championships: 2 per event, no limit

  • State/Province/Territory Championships: 3 per event, no limit

  • Regional Championships: 3 per event, no limit

  • National Championships: 10 points

    • Some side events may also award Play! Points

  • World Championships: 3

    • Some side events may award Play! Points

How are Play! Points different from Championship Points?

Play! Points reward players just for playing, while Championship Points reward players for high placement at tournaments.

Can I earn Play! Points for organizing or judging tournaments, or running a League?

No. Play! Points are awarded for playing in events. Event staff who have been accepted into the Professor Program will earn Professor Credits for organizational duties. Professors will be able to qualify for events (such as the U.S. National Championships) that require Play! Points based on the Professor Credits they have earned.

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