There was a short time around the end of high school when I was in the same situation. Big success, but it crashed, and burned after sometime.. Wish I kept some Pokemon handy through the whole thing. I would've come out of that situation a lot cleaner.
Yeah, I also noticed that most of the player trainers are just in and out with the lab. I'm thinking after his conversation with Elm, Kiba will call all of the trainers' numbers at once, instructing them to meet at Violet City somewhere, that way the characters actually know what they're doing and why they're on this quest.