Sorry for replying late. I barely check no this site.
If the game hasn't been released here then you cant use any of the moves etc.. until it comes out. It is very similar to the TCG. there are "Pre-releases" but you cant use the cards you get from them before the actual release date.
We don't get paid. All the staff do it for the "spirit of the game". Basically volunteering but for a good reason. We get a "decent" compensation from Pokemon in terms of pokemon stuff but they want that for our league and grassroots.
Hey man I'm really looking forward to the Nationals and with it being so close. Have you guys heard anything about rule sets against any of the moves and abilities that were just released in Black and White 2 in Japan.