Growing your League is critical to expanding Pokemon Organized play in your area. We hold our League at a local church, so we don't get new members coming in from store traffic. The only way that someone new is coming to the League is if they either know about it by word of mouth or if they find it using the online League Locator. Consequently, our membership had stagnated at around 20 members with 8-12 members coming in any given week. I knew that I had to come up with a way to get the word out for the new season so that we could get some membership growth. As it happened, I noticed some signs up in our community announcing a community celebration day on the coming Sunday. This would have been our first League of the new season, but the supplies were late. Instead of running a league using last season's supplies, I decided to get a table at this community event and promote our league. I called them up, reserved a table, and let all the regular league members know that we'd be at the celebration and to come by with their decks so that they could play there! I decided to bring along a second table of my own, and to bring as many folding chairs as I could, so that I could have a table set up for people to play the game and to run demos of the game. I used as many decorative elements as I could to make the display attractive to the people passing by and to make League exciting. Tony, one of my judges, was in change of supervising the gaming table and doing demos. As the celbration got under way, we spent our time telling people about how League worked and the various tournaments that we had coming up and, most important, collecting names and email addresses for our mailing list. While there were a very few "Pok-ee-manz? Is that still around?" from some kids, by and large, many kids and families were very happy to find some organized play for Pokemon. Most of the kids had not actually played the card game, but were happy to get the chance to do so. We collected over 30 new names for our mailing list! So, as the week passed, we wondered how many of these new players would show up on Sunday for League. I arrived early and set up extra table and chairs so that we'd be ready. As League time arrived, new players arrived. And arrived. And arrived!!! We would up with 34 players on our first day of the new League season. Three times our normal size. We signed up 23 new members today. The biggest challenge was trying to help everyone that needed to learn how to play all at once. Thanks to our League regulars for stepping up and teaching a lot of the kids! What do you need to do to do this for your League? 1. Find out what events are going on locally to showcase local businesses and clubs. Contact your local town or community government or civic organizations. Try to get a table or booth at one of the events that they sponsor. This may be low cost or even free. 2.Be prepared. Have flyers made up detailing what events you run and when they are. Have a sign up sheet for a mailing list. email is best. No one wants to spend a forture on regular mail and email gets the information out quicker, anyway. 3. Try to bring an extra table and chairs so that you can run demos or allow people to play the card game at the event. There's nothing more exciting that seeing people actually doing what you are promoting, and having a lot of fun doing it! 4. On League day, have plently of starter decks available for the new players. Many will bring either complete decks with them, or full binders that decks can be made from, but a lot of kids will need to get a starter deck from you in order to start playing. Check with your PTO or local store owner to see if you can get these on consignment, where you will only have to pay for the ones that people buy. Remember, you're not expected to lose money doing this by giving everything away! 5. Have fun doing it. The more fun you're having, the more that kids will want to join in.