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Default Pokemon TCG: New Changes for the 2006-2007 Tournament Season!

Pokemon TCG: New Changes for the 2006-2007 Tournament Season!

From Pokemon TCG Organized Play (Summarized Version):
Pokemon Organized Play strives to improve its programs while continuing to provide a fun, competitive tournament experience for players of the Pokemon Trading Card game. The following changes to the POP structure will take effect at the beginning of the 2006- 2007 tournament season, which begins September 1st, 2006.

Age Group Changes:
For the 2006-2007 tournament season, a player’s age category will be determined at the beginning of the season, based on their date of birth, and will not change over the course of the tournament season. The new age divisions will be defined as follows:

Junior Division: Born in 1996 or later
Senior Division: Born in 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995
Masters Division: Born in 1991 or earlier

Battle Road:
Due to the change in the invite structure for the 2007 World Championships, the Gym Challenge series becomes unnecessary. Pokemon Organized Play will replace this series with a new event series. The Battle Road series will be similar in scope to City Championships in regards to the number of events, with a slightly smaller prize pool.

Premier Rating:
Pokemon Organized Play will only support one rating for the 2006-2007 tournament season. This rating will consist of any event that Pokemon Organized Play designates as a Premier Event. These events will include City, State, Regional, and National Championships, as well as the new Battle Road series. Additionally, markets which do not run all of the events listed above will be given consideration on a case-by-case basis to run additional events which can be flagged as Premier Events. Prereleases, while no longer considered Premier Events, will continue to be operated by Premier Tournament Organizers.

Each series will have a K-Value based on the size and importance of the series. The higher the K-Value, the more rating points there are to win, or lose. Having a higher rating will play an important role in who receives an invite to the 2007 World Championships. Non-Premier tournaments will still be sanctioned, and we will continue to support these tournaments with free prize support as we have in the past, though players will not receive rating points for playing in these events.

World Championships:
In an effort to give more of our players the “big show” experience, Pokemon Organized Play will be putting more emphasis on making each country’s National Championships a more premium event. The 2007 World Championships, held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona, Hawaii, will be a smaller, more exclusive event than it has been in previous years, with approximately 64 players participating in each age group. The invite structure for the World Championship will be modified to accommodate this goal. There will be no Last Chance Qualifier for the 2007 World Championships.

To read the complete document, please go here:

Related Links - Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website
2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships - Pokemon Elite 2000 Coverage

Official 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships Mini-Site
- Official 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships Mini-Site

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