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Pokemon Organized Play Sanctioning Guidelines

October 2003-2004 Edition

This document is used in conjunction with the Pokémon Organized Play Floor Rules document. Tournament organizers are required to follow the guidelines set forth for sanctioned tournament play.

Sanctioning Events

Tournament organizers are encouraged to sanction events online at least 14 days in advance. This allows players to find out about your tournament, leading to better attendance. We do allow tournament organizers to sanction events on the day the event occurs, but this should be used in very rare circumstances.

Minimum Number of Players

For an event to remain sanctioned, there must be a minimum of 8 players. If there are not enough players, run the tournament as normal, but report the tournament as cancelled.

Reporting Events

Tournament results are due to Pokémon Organized Play within 14 days after the event. Any results not submitted by this time are considered delinquent, and may jeopardize the tournament organizer's ability to host future tournaments. As this also affects the player's enjoyment of the game, it is important for tournament organizers to report their events in a timely manner.

Updating Results

Results for an event may be updated at any time by the tournament organizer, until the tournament has been marked as "Completed". Once that tournament is final, ratings and rankings for individual players will be calculated the next morning. For any changes to the event results after that point, the tournament organizer of record will need to contact to have the match result corrected.

Suspension of Tournament Organizer Privileges

Pokémon Organized Play reserves the right to remove privileges of any tournament organizer sanctioned by the program. A tournament organizer who has been suspended for substantial delinquent tournaments or other reasons may contact to appeal for re-instatement. is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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