Posted with tentative permission from OmegaDonut, who may delete this if he feels it is advertising against the spirit of Smogon's rules. Hey, guys. I know there are a lot of college students on this board, some of which may have leagues they compete in. Anyways, I'm not sure how many of you are familiar, but recently TTS, dtrain, and BlueCookies all went to Japan and got a glimpse at their unofficial tournmanent scene. Let's just say they're leaps and bounds ahead of us. By meeting up face to face regularly, they have a richer Pokemon experience. I'm not going to say they're better or worse players than we are, but they seem to have a lot of fun. Well, the U.S. is way too big for regular face to face meetings. However, we should be promoting face to face contact on some level. This means we should be promoting leagues, so at least there's personal contact on a local scale. We focused on college leagues, since they tend to be more developed that those actually supported by TPCi. Furthermore, we should put these leagues under one "banner" so to speak, just to give them a venue where leagues can face off against each other. With this in mind, Duy and I came up with the National Collegiate Pokemon Association. (NCPA) What are the NCPA's aims? 1. To foster the environment for VGC leagues on colleges across North America. 2. To create a gateway for leagues to contact each other for competition, either in person or online. 3. In doing the above two goals, not stepping in the day to day affairs of the leagues or any Pokemon competitive battling communities In order to respect the rules against advertising on many communities, we are limiting ourselves to a Facebook group found at www.facebook.com/groups/402684876435975/ Our current plans are to incorporate the following schools by the end of the year: University of Victoria University of California Santa Cruz UC Davis University of Pittsburgh Florida State Pokemon League Ohio State Pokemon League Penn State University of Loyola-Chicago University of Utah Oklahoma State University of North Texas These schools have Pokemon scenes of various sizes, and we’d also appreciate your advice in how to increase the sizes of the playerbases in schools that need it. If your school has a Pokemon VGC league of any size, or would be willing to start one, feel free to join the group. Lastly, while we are focusing on college students due to their resources and density of Pokemon players, we will not refuse leagues comprised of younger or older members. I will be in Indianapolis for Nationals, so if anyone would like to discuss things with me or to get in contact with a league leader while I'm there, please let me know. In person contact is one of the things we're trying to foster.