Season: For those of you who are familiar with fantasy sports, the system is very similar. Teams will be grouped into divisions and have weekly best-of-3 matchups against one opponent. Each team will play everyone in their division twice, and everyone else once (This makes for a 13 week season, not including playoffs, so you're in this thing for the long haul). The teams that finish with the best overall record at the end of the season will move on to the playoffs. For season 1, battles will be standard singles, though in future seasons this may change.
Draft: The draft will take place on Discord at a time TBD once the participants are finalized. Your attendance at the draft is mandatory in order to participate in the league. Season 1's draft will be an auction-style draft, which I realize not everyone is familiar with. However, I find it to be both more engaging and more enjoyable a process than your standard snake draft, so I encourage participants to do their homework and prepare a pre-draft plan if they want to end up with their dream squad. I will provide a pre-made cheat sheet for those of you who aren't sure where to start, just note that these values are entirely subjective and may not reflect how the draft goes at all, they're just a starting point.
Cheat Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s1Ty74oksA9ayYhOH5Eq69nL00pTHCEq...
Free Agency: There will be an ongoing free agency process throughout the course of the regular season. Teams will be allowed to place claims using their Free Agent Acquisition Budget on a weekly basis for Pokemon that they wish to add to their rosters. However, they will have to be smart about how much they choose to claim a Pokemon for, as other teams will have the option to place their own claims on the claimed Pokemon, with the highest claim winning the Pokemon.
Trading: It is not only allowed, but encouraged to actively negotiate with the other members of the league in order to improve your squad. No team is perfect, and one of your competitors might have the missing piece you need to make that final push towards the playoffs!