Who are we? 

Created by Australian Ninja Warrior veterans Mark and David Ravi for the ninjas of Australia, the Ninja Challenge League is Australia’s first ninja sports league. Beginning with the first Ninja Challenge held at Ninja Academy in 2015, it has evolved into a nationwide league format with adult and youth competitions held in ninja gyms across across Australia.

What is our goal? 

The goal of the Ninja Challenge League is to grow the budding Australian ninja community and provide an opportunity for adults and children of all ability levels to develop and test their ninja skills under pressure through a series of safe, high-quality competitions culminating in the national Finals held at Ninja Academy in Perth.

Above all else, the Ninja Challenge League is about fairness and equal opportunity – it doesn’t matter whether you just won Australian Ninja Warrior or it’s your first time attempting a ninja competition, you are given the same opportunity to #ProveYourMoves.

How does it work? 

Adult and youth competitors compete at official Ninja Challenge League Qualifiers to earn their spot at the Ninja Challenge League Finals held in Perth on October 2 & 3, 2021.

Competitors get one attempt to clear the course and are ranked based on who gets the furthest in the fastest time.

Where possible, the course for each qualifier will be posted online at least two weeks before the event to allow competitors time to train beforehand.

There is no overall time limit at qualifiers, but competitors will be restricted to 20 seconds of rest between obstacles, with the exception of warped walls, which allow for 30 seconds’ rest between attempts.

When an adult competitor fails an obstacle or is disqualified, the clock will stop and this will represent their official result, but ninjas competing in their first event for 2020-21 will be allowed 90 seconds from that point as many of the remaining obstacles as possible within that time.

When a youth competitor fails an obstacle or is disqualified for the first time, the clock will stop and this will represent their official result, but they will be able to attempt each of the remaining obstacles once.

Adult qualifiers are open to all competitors aged or turning 16 in 2021 and older.

A single adult qualifier is capped at 50 competitors, with the number of male and female qualifying spots available at each event will range from one to five based on the number of competitors of each sex at each qualifier.

Youth qualifiers are separated into four age divisions based on year of birth:

Each youth division is typically capped at 20 competitors per youth qualifier, with the number of boy and girl qualifying spots available at each event will range from one to five based on the number of competitors of each sex at each qualifier.

In addition to competing for qualifying spots, adult and youth competitors earn points at each qualifier based on where they finished in comparison to other competitors at a given event, whether they finished the course and whether they finished in the top three overall or within their gender division.

In the event that a host facility has more than 20 athletes in a youth division wanting to sign up, only the top 20 youth athletes in that division will earn points at that event.

A competitor’s three highest-scoring events are used to rank them on the national leaderboard so they can track where sit in comparison to fellow ninjas across Australia.

The points earned at qualifiers will determine the run order for all stages of the Ninja Challenge League Finals.

Running later on Stages One to Four can represent a big advantage as competitors get the opportunity to watch other people attempt the brand-new obstacles, so we recommend ninjas compete even after qualifying to ensure the best chance of success at the Ninja Challenge League Finals.

In addition, the top-ranked competitor after all qualifiers have been concluded will feature on the official NCL Finals 2021 tee, available exclusively to Finalists.

At the Ninja Challenge League Finals, competitors who qualify and secure their spots will compete on up to four stages filled with brand-new obstacles which they will be unable to practice.

Each competitor must complete each stage within the time limit to advance to the next.

The full rules and format for are available here.

How much does it cost? 

All adult and youth competitors are required to pay a $25.00 fee for a membership to the NCL in 2021, which grants access to the discounts from our 2020-21 sponsors OZIGRIP, Climbing Meta and 5.2 Ninja Coaching.

This money is used to support the operating costs of the league and provide a better competition in the future.

Entry to an Adult Qualifier is as follows:

Entry options to a Youth Qualifier is as follows:

All payments must be made online through the Ninja Challenge League website.

Tickets to the Ninja Challenge League Finals 2021 cost $125.00 for adults and $100.00 for youth competitors, which includes the exclusive 2021 Finals t-shirt in the competitors’ preferred size.All payments must be made online through the Ninja Challenge League website before the start of an event.

What sort of prize support is there? 

Each qualifier will have prizes for the top competitors from our sponsor OZIGRIP.

In addition, the Ninja Challenge League Finals 2021 offers the following prize awards for the top adult competitors of each sex:

The top men, women, boys and girls at the Finals will receive special prizes from OZIGRIP.

In addition, the top adult and youth competitors at the NCL Finals 2021 will also qualify for the National Ninja League Finals in the United States in early 2022 and have the opportunity to compete with the top ninjas in America.

How do you sign up? 

Just head here to purchase a membership or log in and then head to the schedule page to see a list of available qualifiers and sign up for the one closest to you.

Bookings are open until the competition starts or until the event reaches capacity.

Can I just watch?

The Ninja Challenge League Finals 2021 will be massive spectator event with tickets released ahead of the event.

In terms of qualifiers, the decision on whether to allow free spectators will be at the discretion of each facility host.

Please contact the facility directly to determine to check if you’re able to watch for free or if there is a fee.

How do you contact us? 

If you’re a current or prospective competitor and you’d like more information or want to ask about something not covered here, we can be reached at

If you’re the owner of a ninja gym in Australia or elsewhere in the world interested in running an NCL Qualifier in 2021 or further down the road, contact the NCL commissioner, Mark Ravi, at

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