About the Play! Pokémon Grassroots Program

The Play! Pokémon Grassroots Program is a series of events hosted by Play! Stores. These are commercial venues where Pokémon Trading Card Game products are sold and where Pokémon fans come together as a community. Whether trading the newest cards, playing a couple of casual games, or competing in Premier Events, program participants enjoy a great time while playing the games they love.


Play! Pokémon Events

Pokémon League

Pokémon League events are a good way for collectors, players, and other Pokémon fans to begin participating in the Play! Pokémon program.

  • Weekly or fortnightly events

  • Good for casual players and collectors

  • Usually features open gaming or any format of choice (Limited and Constructed)

  • Events typically last 2–3 hours on weekday evenings and weekends

  • Players can earn exclusive promo cards and other goodies (such as Pokémon TCG Online code cards)

Start your Pokémon League now!


Prerelease Tournament

Prerelease tournaments allow players to receive and play with cards from the newest Pokémon TCG expansion before the expansion's official release date. Each participant receives a Build & Battle Box with a 23-card Evolution pack that can be combined with cards from booster packs to help construct a competitive deck.

  • Quarterly tournament (taking place over two weekends)

  • New cards from the latest expansion up to two weeks before release date

  • Each Build & Battle Box contains:

    • A 23-card presorted Evolution pack, including 1 of 4 exclusive foil promo cards

    • 4 booster packs (10 cards and 1 basic Energy per pack)

  • Additional booster packs for prize support

  • Additional promo cards for staff

League Challenge

League Challenges are the first step for competitive Pokémon TCG players. They are the most frequently held Pokémon TCG events in the Championship Series.

  • Monthly tournament

  • Intended for local, regular players

  • Entry-level competitive event

  • Championship Points for top players

  • 1st–4th place prize cards (per each of three age divisions)

  • Standard or Expanded formats

  • Organizer can add extra prizes / request entry fees on discretion

League Cup

League Cup events are for Pokémon TCG players looking for a step up from League Challenge competitions.

  • Quarterly tournament

  • Intended for competitive players from the local and neighboring leagues

    • Championship Points for top players

    • Champion playmat prize (one for each of the three age divisions)

    • Foil promo cards for participation

  • Additional promo cards for staff

  • Standard or Expanded formats

  • Organizer can add extra prizes and/or request entry fees at their discretion




In addition to these competitive Pokémon TCG events, retailers can get access to Pokémon Video Game Premier Events like Premier Challenges and Midseason Showdowns to host in their stores. Contact us here for more information.

Apply to make your business a Play! Store today!





This information applies to the United States and Canada only. Eligibility criteria may vary based on geographic region. This information is subject to change at any time. Please check back regularly for updates.

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