Is there a place where noobs like me can read official rules and rulings and better educate ourselves so we don't become a whining thorn in someone's side? Thanks for patience with me. I love this game and am trying hard to learn strategies to play well.
You should never feel bad about questioning the rules or card rulings. They can be confusing. It's not a matter of intelligence, but using some vague Pokémon logic, which doesn't come naturally. There have been times, since the cards are designed in Japan, that the official translators get it wrong, and an errata has to be issued to clear up the true intent of a card's actions (so even the best of them can get it wrong).
To answer your questions about "is there a place" to read the rules, there are 3 resources you should check out.
1. The ruling that @Felidae_ quoted above is not from an official source. It's CORRECT, but not sanctioned by The Pokémon Company. That comes from a 2008 PDF file that you can find on the internet. Google "Pokémon TCG Comprehensive Rules." Although it's not official, and getting old, it can give you a different way of seeing the game mechanics that will be helpful.
2. Long before the Online game (PTCGO), almost from the beginning, the "go to" source for Pokémon discussion and questions was The PokeGym (it's a dot net site). It was started by a couple of head tournament organizers and judges, big names in the Pokémon Community (namely Big Daddy Snorlax, aka Richard). The ruling I quoted above comes from The Compendium, available on that site, and is still used by all judges at real-world events. Although the Forum isn't very active anymore (replaced by this one), The Compendium is a must-read for card rulings, and meta-rulings for the game itself.
3. The best resource available is right here on the Pokémon site, in the Play Pokémon Events section. If you look there, you'll find a wealth of info including the Rule Book (PDF), Event Rules, Formats, Errata, Banned Cards, Deck Lists, etc.
Edited by RobRatt, 31 July 2018 - 09:52 PM.