POKÉMON TCG & VG SPRING REGIONAL CHAMPSIONSHIPS - NEW ENGLAND May 16-17

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    POKÉMON TCG & VG SPRING REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS​

    NEW ENGLAND 2015​

    EVENT INFORMATION & SCHEDULE​


    The Pokémon Spring Regional Championships are held in cities across North America in May 2015. Each Regional Championships Event is part of a title-event series where players compete for the title of Regional Champion!

    The Pokémon TCG & VG Regional Championships do not require an invitation or qualification of any kind, and all players in good standing are welcome to participate. Regional Championships award Championship Points that count toward coveted invitations to the 2015 World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts!

    General Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) & Video Game (VG)

    Spring Regional Championships - Event Information


    http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-poke...on-tournaments/spring-regional-championships/

    LOCATION: Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 01566

    DATES: May 16 – 17, 2015

    ON SITE FOOD SERVICES

    Sturbridge Host Hotel and Convention Center will provide snacks and drinks throughout the two days, along with several lunch choice options at their CASH ONLY food concessions.
    Sturbridge Host Hotel and Convention Center food service rules state that “All food and beverage consumed in hotel meeting or public space must be purchased from the hotel. Any party bringing in and consuming food and beverage that is not purchased and provided by The Sturbridge Host Hotel will be charged a fine”.

    Please keep ALL outside food and beverages outside the venue. Thank you.

    PLAY! POKÉMON PLAYER ID #s

    • You must know your Play! Pokémon Player ID# in order to complete the online registration process.
    • If you do not have a Play! Pokémon Player ID# you can have one assigned to you by setting up a Pokémon Trainer Club account at www.pokemon.com Once you have completed this process, you can request a Pokémon Player ID# on your Play! Pokémon Settings Page of your profile.
    o Players who are 13 years old or older can set up their own accounts.
    o If a player is under 13 a parent must set up a parent account using their own date of birth and then add the child by using the “+ Add Child button” with the child’s date of birth, once the parent account has been finalized.
    o Parents: Be careful when adding a Play! Pokémon Player ID#. Be certain the ID# is attached to the child’s account and date of birth and not your own.
    • Players must also be opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and awards.
    • If you have a Play! Pokémon Player ID# but do not remember that number, take the time now to retrieve it from your Pokémon Trainer Club account.
    REGISTRATION
    • ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for both Trading Card Game & Video Game Players
    • REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT CHECK IN LINE!

    Trading Card Game (TCG) Players

    REGISTRATION LINK http://labs.pokegym.net/register/15-05-000238

    Video Game (VG) Players

    REGISTRATION LINK http://labs.pokegym.net/register/15-05-000247


    Details and Prize Support for Pokémon TCG​

    Spring Regional Championships Event​


    http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-poke...ournaments/tcg-spring-regional-championships/

    Entry Fee Structure and Age-Modified Swiss Pairings are based on these Age Divisions

    • Junior Division (born in 2004 or later) – FREE
    • Senior Division (born in 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003) – FREE
    • Masters Division (born in 1999 or earlier) -- $25.00/player due at check in CASH ONLY

    Tournament Structure – Round Format

    Age-Modified Swiss Pairings

    • Number of Swiss Rounds is dependent on attendance. An announcement will be made at the Player Meeting.
    • Swiss Rounds will be Best-of-Three matches with a time limit of 50 minutes plus 3 turns for all age divisions.

    TCG SCHEDULE

    All Age Divisions - TCG Players Day 1 CHECK-IN TIME 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 16, 2015
    • ALL players MUST be in the check-in line by 9:30 a.m. with a completed deck list in order to be entered into the tournament on time.
    • Players may check-in if they arrive to the line after 9:30 a.m. however it will result in the late player receiving a round 1 loss.

    Single-Elimination - Top Cut Rounds

    At the conclusion of Swiss Rounds, (and dependent on attendance) the top players in all age divisions will compete in Single-Elimination Rounds.

    *NOTE: All Top Cut Rounds are at this time planned to take place on Day 2 of this event. The final determination of this schedule will be made on Day 1, and announcements will be made onsite once attendance numbers are finalized.*

    • All Single-Elimination – Top Cut Rounds will consist of a maximum of 8 participants per age division.
    • All Single-Elimination – Top Cut Rounds will be run with Best-of-Three matches and a time limit of 60 minutes plus 3 turns.

    ALL Age Divisions - TCG Players Day 2 Single-Elimination Top Cut Players CHECK-IN TIME
    (*see NOTE above*)
    • 8:00 a.m. Sharp - Sunday May 17, 2015 All Players must deliver their deck list and deck to the event hall. (You may be asked to leave a contact telephone number in case there is an issue with your deck during deck checks)
    NOTE: If your Day 2 Single Elimination Deck & Decklist are ready at the end of Swiss Rounds, you may turn them in before you leave on Saturday (You must leave a telephone number) and return to the venue on Sunday by 8:45 a.m. unless we notify you otherwise.
    • All Top Cut Players must return to the playing area and be seated by 9:00 a.m.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE

    • 60 card Standard Format deck - Swiss Rounds
    • A completed 60 card Standard Format deck list that is accurate and legible is REQUIRED to be turned in at the time of Day 1 check-in.
    • 60 card Expanded Format deck - Single-Elimination - Top Cut Rounds
    • A completed 60 card Expanded Format deck list that is accurate and legible is REQUIRED to be turned in at the time of check-in for Single-Elimination - Top Cut Rounds.
    • PokéGym provides a popular deck list creator. Click on Blank Deck (Standard) or (Expanded) to get started. When complete, print the list and bring it with you. Blank deck lists are also available on the Play! Pokémon Rules and Resources Page (see link below). Using one of these lists is the easiest way to keep things legible and prevent simple deck list errors.
    • Be sure to bring your OWN damage counters, randomizers, special condition markers and dice to the event.
    • Read and Review the Play! Pokémon Rules and Resources. This knowledge is your responsibility. (Blank Standard Format deck lists are at this link also)
    http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/about/tournaments-rules-and-resources/
    • Deck List Creator www.pokegym.net
    • XY – Roaring Skies cards are NOT LEGAL to be played in decks for Pokémon TCG Spring Regional Championships – New England.

    PRIZE SUPPORT

    • All registered players will be entered into door prize drawings.
    • Pokémon Sponsored Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. The list is available on the Spring Regionals event page. (see link above)
    • Additional prize support for Masters Division TCG Only - Top 4 players has been added by PTO and is as follows:
    1st Place $150.00 Visa Gift Card
    2nd Place $100.00 Visa Gift Card
    3rd Place $50.00 Visa Gift Card
    4th Place $50.00 Visa Gift Card
    • All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Spring Regional Championships promotional card (while supplies last) just for playing.
    • Top finishers will receive Championship Points as detailed on the 2015 Championship Points chart, along with trophies, booster packs, Exclusive Top 8 Regional Championships Playmats and other promotional items.

    WIN-A-MAT 8 Player TOURNAMENT SIDE EVENTS

    • Dependant on attendance, interest, space and staff availability these will likely begin mid to late afternoon on Day 1, and during a portion of Day 2. The time and details will be finalized and announced onsite.
    • All age divisions - $5.00/per player
    • Standard Format 60 card deck. No decklist required. (Honor System)
    • Single Match – Elimination Rounds with a time format of 30 minutes + 3 turns.
    • Prizes will be awarded to top 4 players. No playoff for 3rd and 4th Place
    • Specific details of prize support will be announced on site.

    Details and Prize Support for Pokémon VG​

    Spring Regional Championships Event


    http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-poke...tournaments/vg-spring-regional-championships/

    Video Game (VG) Players CHECK IN TIME 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Sunday May 17, 2015 for All Age Divisions

    • ALL players MUST be in the check-in line by 9:30 a.m. in order to be entered into the tournament on time.
    • Players may check-in if they arrive to the line after 9:30 a.m. however it will result in the late player receiving a round 1 loss.

    REQUIREMENTS for ATTENDANCE

    • VG Players must attend check-in with their own Nintendo 3DS system, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or downloadable version, and charger. You must have the Battle Box Setup completed prior to check-in. Once your Battle Box is ready, save your game and please be on the continue screen to prepare you for “LIVE COMPETITION”. If you are not sure how to do this, there will be directions with pictures onsite for you to reference.
    • IT IS the RESPONSIBILITY of the VG player to maintain a proper charge on their DS throughout the entire tournament.

    All rounds of VG Regional Championships will be played on Sunday May 17, 2015

    Entry Fee Structure and Age-Modified Swiss Pairings are based on these Age Divisions

    • Junior Division (born in 2004 or later) -- FREE
    • Senior Division (born in 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003) -- FREE
    • Masters Division (born in 1999 or earlier) – FREE

    Age-Modified Swiss Pairings will be played as single-game matches.

    • Swiss Rounds will cut to Single-Elimination Finals depending on attendance.

    Single-Elimination Finals will be run as Best-of-Three Matches.

    PRIZE SUPPORT

    • All registered players will be entered into door prize drawings.
    • Pokémon sponsored prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. The list is available on the Spring Regional Championships page. (see link above)
    • All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Spring Regional Championships promotional card (while supplies last) just for playing.
    • Top finishers will receive Championship Points as detailed on the 2014 Championship Points chart, along with trophies and booster packs.

    IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding travel & hotel accommodations

    The previous organizer scheduled Pokémon Regional Championships – New England at the Sturbridge Host Hotel for the weekend of May 16-17. This happens to be an extremely busy area on this particular weekend because it is the same weekend as Brimfield Antique Fair and Flea Market.

    This situation may not be ideal, however with some research, planning and careful scheduling for your travel time, it is a workable situation. My years of being a Pokémon Parent in this region have taught me that Pokémon Players in New England are hearty souls. Players have adapted to traveling in stormy wintery weather, venues that are not the most ideal especially in the heat and humidity of the summer, and schedules and locations that have conflicts for many reasons. But come rain or shine, snow or traffic, players show up at their beloved Pokémon events.

    Brimfield Antique Fair and Flea Market brings people from all over the world to this area during the same weekend as our event. This means that hotels in this area have limited availability, higher than average rates, and heavy traffic during peak hours.

    **PLEASE allow extra time when you travel into Sturbridge Host Hotel in the morning!**

    A local parent very familiar with the area and the Brimfield Fair event offers these suggestions to aid in your stay and travels.

    • Check the map and look for hotels an exit or 2 away from the Sturbridge exit off the Mass Pike
    • Southbridge & Worcester MA are options
    • Springfield MA will likely have many hotel options but if you book hotels in Springfield, you must remember NOT to drive east on Route 20 as you will get caught in traffic in the morning.
    • Look for hotels that keep you away from route 20 or through the neighboring towns that are west of Sturbridge such as Palmer, Monson, Brimfield etc. because all of these towns have Route 20 in common and attendees to this fair will be traveling this route.
    • Day of the tournament: If you are traveling East on the Mass Pike, DO NOT get off Mass Pike at Palmer and attempt to travel east into Sturbridge on Route 20 unless it is BEFORE 5 a.m.
    • DO get off Mass Pike AT Sturbridge. Even if there are lines of traffic getting off the highway and at the toll booths, it will be faster than going on Route 20 from Palmer. The Sturbridge Host Hotel is very close off the highway exit.
    • Anything on Route 20 East of Sturbridge should be fine. There may be a bit more traffic than usual at peak hours, but it is typically safer on that side.
    • If you do happen to get a hotel room that is anywhere more than a few miles of the Sturbridge Host Hotel, plan extra time to drive to and from along Route 20. Some times during the day there are lulls in traffic, but overall it’s packed as you get closer to Brimfield. It is recommended to stay away from the area between Sturbridge Host and Brimfield and leave ample time for the heavy traffic you will almost definitely encounter.
    • If it rains, the traffic will likely be lighter.
    • If you want to attend the Antique Fair, it is fun! Be prepared to walk A LOT! And parking is usually around $8.-$12 at various lots. There are fields full of vendor tents all along both sides of Route 20 in Brimfield.

    I understand these issues may be major inconveniences. I assure you that my staff and I will do our very best to make attending Pokémon TCG & VG Spring Regional Championships – New England 2015 well worth your time and effort. See you in a few weeks.

    Sincerely,
    Patty Lefavour
    Pokémon Premiere Tournament Organizer (PTO) NH & MA
    Pokémon League Organizer, The Game Castle, Londonderry NH
    pattyptonhma@gmail.com
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2015

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