The International Collegiate Pokemon Association (ICPA) would like to cordially announce the beginning of the 2017-2018 ICPA season here on Trainer Tower. Our goal is to host an intercollegiate e-sports league for Pokemon clubs and unions across the world. That league begins today in the Collegiate forum here on Trainer Tower! The 2017-2018 ICPA season will consist of a tournament where students form a team with other members of their school and duke it out against other institutions. Just like the 2016-2017 season, the 2017-2018 season will be broken into two tournaments called the ICPA Fall Series and ICPA Spring Series, and will eventually conclude in the ICPA Playoffs featuring the top schools from each Series. Prizing for the Season: The top 3 ranked individuals based on results from both the Fall and Spring Series will be awarded cash prizes. League MVP: $150 USD Runner Up #1: $50 USD Runner Up #2: $50 USD The winning school will be sent the ICPA annual plaque, which will be engraved with the school’s name and year of triumph. ICPA Fall Series The Format Players per team per week: 5 players from each school play per week (subject to player restrictions in the ICPA rules and regs doc: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mnj9uy5dm55ux4b/ICPA Rules and Regs Doc 9-13-17.docx?dl=0) Tournament Structure: X Round Robin Pools with the Top Y teams from each Pool qualifying for the end of season ICPA Playoffs (X and Y are registration-dependent) Battle Format: VGC 2017 Best of 3 for all matches Season Schedule: Sign-ups: January 28th to March 2nd Round 1: March 5th - March 11th Round 2: March 19th - March 25th Round 3: March 26th- April 1st Round 4: April 9th - April 15th Round 5: April 23rd - April 29th Note: There are break weeks between each round to give teams time to modify their Active Lineup for the next round and time to prepare for later matches. This also gives the organizers time to process results and get highlight matches up on YouTube between rounds. Eligibility: - You must be one of the following two groups of people Current Student: A student currently enrolled in a college/university program Alumni: A former student who was previously enrolled in a college/university program - This means you will have to provide some proof of university student status. Valid proofs of student status include: your current class schedule (required for Current Students), student ID, diploma, degree, or academic transcript (also accepted proof for Current Students). - You must have a Nintendo 3DS System with Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon to participate in the Spring Series. Completing registration: 1. Each team must designate one of their members as their Captain. The Captain is responsible for communication with the organizers in regards to registering their members, modifying their rosters each week, and reporting results. 2. The Captain(and the captain only) should post in the sign-ups thread with their school’s complete roster by March 2nd; at least 5 players must be on this roster (check rules and regs for details). 3. Send registration fee of $10 USD for the Spring series by March 2nd. Payment should be submitted via Paypal to [email protected]. Register a Paypal account if it is not readily available. Please indicate your institution in the payment, and request a receipt, if desired. 4. Captains must send [email protected] an email with proofs of student status for each member on their roster before they are approved to play. They must also identify each of their members as Alumni or Current Students in this email. Sign-ups for the Spring Series will close on March 2nd at 11:59 pm PST (GMT -8). Start looking for teammates and spread the word so we can kick off a great season. You can sign up for the Spring series by clicking on this link: https://trainertower.com/forums/threads/2018-icpa-spring-series-sign-up-thread.933/.