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The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championships will be played exclusively using legitimate Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Game Cards.
Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth.
Tournament matches will take place via Infrared Connection. Players must provide their own Nintendo DS systems and Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Game Cards and cannot share systems or Game Cards with another player at the event.
It is strongly recommended that players bring chargers for their Nintendo DS systems, as the tourament staff will not have chargers available for loan. Power outlets will be provided in the game play area.
All event registration will be handled on-site the day of each event. Players will be permitted to register on a first come, first served basis. Players in line are not guaranteed a competitor slot until they have completed registration.
To hasten the registration process, players must prepare their team prior to reaching the registration desk.
Each player must place 4–6 Pokémon in his or her Battle Box
The tournament regulations that players will receive during registration will automatically enforce the following rules:
Players may use Pokémon found in the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Unova Pokédex, from No. 001—148, and No. 151, that are caught in the game, or received by an official event or distribution. Pokémon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh Pokédex cannot be used.
All Pokémon that are Level 51 or higher will have their level reduced to 50 for the duration of the battle with the following parameters:
A player's team may not contain two Pokémon with the same Unova Pokédex number
Each Pokémon on a player's team may use held items, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item during battle
Only items acquired in Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version, or received at an official Pokémon event or promotion, may be used
Players may not enter two Pokémon with the same nickname
Players may not enter a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon character (for example, an Unfezant nicknamed "Pidove")
Players found to have inappropriate/offensive Trainer names or Pokémon nicknames, as determined by the event staff, will be disqualified from the event.
Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
The use of external devices to alter the Pokémon in a player's party is expressly forbidden. Random checks will be performed throughout the tournament to determine whether or not an external device has been used to modify a player's party. Players found to have Pokémon that have been tampered with will be disqualified from the event, regardless of whether the player tampered with his or her game or received a Pokémon or item that was tampered with by someone other than the player. It is the player's responsibility to have legal Pokémon. Event officials have the final determination regarding the legality of a Pokémon.
A player should notify the staff immediately if he or she believes that there is a problem with an opponent's Pokémon. At the end of the round, all match results become final. Issues that go unreported until after the round has completed will not change the result of that match, regardless of whether there is a problem with an opponent's Pokémon.
Players and spectators are expected to demonstrate proper sportsmanship over the course of the event. A player may be disqualified from the event based on actions taken by friends or relatives who disrupt the operation of the tournament.