About Pokémon Labs
Serving the Pokémon Community in the East Los Angeles, West San Bernardino and Riverside, and North Orange Counties, we organize fun, family-friendly events that are open to the public and welcome everyone from the youngest trainers to adults (young at heart). As a game of skill, Pokémon is enjoyed for its complex strategies, entertaining characters, and atmosphere of friendly competition. While the objective of a Pokémon tournament is to determine the skill level of each player involved, our ultimate goal is to ensure that every participant has fun. It is this attitude, The Spirit of the Game, that we wish to emphasize during Pokémon tournaments.
Regardless of the size of the prizes on the line, adherence to the Spirit of the Game helps to ensure that all participants, including players, spectators, and event staff at a Pokémon tournament, have an enjoyable experience.
The Spirit of the Game is composed of the following tenets:
- Fun: Pokémon is a game, and games are meant to be fun for all parties involved. When a game ceases to be fun, players find other things to do.
- Fairness: Games cease to be fun when players break the rules to achieve victory. A player should prefer to lose a game than to win by cheating.
- Honesty: Players of any game should strive to act honestly while playing that game. If a player inadvertently breaks a rule during a game and becomes aware of the error before his or her opponent or a judge, that player should make the opponent and the judge aware of the misplay.
- Respect: Players, spectators, and staff should be treated with the same respect that players would expect for themselves. Distracting an opponent or a judge to gain advantage shows disrespect to everyone involved in a Pokémon tournament.
- Sportsmanship: Winning or losing with grace is vital to the enjoyment of a game. The desire to continue playing a game can be soured by players who berate their opponents after winning or losing a match. Likewise, a player who plays the clock, rather than the game, shows poor sportsmanship and should be discouraged from doing so whenever possible.
- Learning: Players should strive to help each other increase their Pokémon play skills. It is not a player’s responsibility to make his or her opponent’s plays for that opponent. However, discussing strategies, offering tips, or constructively critiquing game play decisions after the match has been completed helps both participants to become better players.
Not only do we hold participants to this standard, but we also strive to surpass it ouselves as staff and to be role-models for those in the community.