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Regular Season Rules & Format

Introduction:

Welcome to the Ninja Challenge League. We are Australia’s first ninja league, bringing together the top competitors from the NCL Season (WA) and NCL Qualifiers in a national Finals event in Perth. The league will allow athletes across Australia to develop their composure under pressure, obstacle skills and overall fitness in a fair, supportive environment. 

General Rules:

  1. All adult competitors must pay the NCL membership fee of $25.00 AUD each season. Registration available from the www.ninjachallengeleague.com home page. No matter when they are purchased, memberships expire after the NCL Finals each year. Competitors who have not paid their NCL membership fee will not be allowed to compete in NCL competitions. This fee is non-refundable.
  2. Competitors in the adult competition must be at least 16 years of age.
  3. All youth competitors must pay the NCL membership fee of $15.00 AUD each season. Registration available from the www.ninjachallengeleague.com home page. No matter when they are purchased, memberships expire after the NCL Youth Finals each year. Competitors who have not paid their NCL membership fee will not be allowed to compete in NCL competitions. This fee is non-refundable.
  4. Competitors in the youth competition must be at born in 2012 at the earliest and enter the appropriate age bracket at each event.
  5. Competitors may only compete once at each individual event or session.
  6. Competitors are required to wear shoes when competing at all NCL events.
  7. Tickets to NCL events are non-refundable but can be used for subsequent events at the same venue that season if a request to un-book is made in writing to commissioner@ninjachallengeleague.com at least 48 hours before the event the ticket was originally purchased for. Competitors must nominate a subsequent event at the same venue at the time of the request for it to be approved.
  8. Ninja Academy member-discounted tickets to NCL events at Ninja Academy can only be redeemed by competitors with active Ninja Academy memberships. Suspended or terminated members with member-discounted season passes, 10-packs or single sessions must pay the remainder of the non-member equivalent cost for that pricing option before they will be allowed to compete.
  9. By purchasing a ticket to an NCL event, all competitors agree to the risk inherent in athletic pursuits and will follow all directions from the staff of the host facility and NCL officials as indicated in the NCL liability waiver which is signed upon registration.
  10. Competitors must be present at the designated start time for each event unless given special exemption from the Commissioner in writing. 
  11. Competitors are eligible to qualify through either the WA league or the Interstate Qualifiers, regardless of their place of residence.
  12. If an NCL judge thinks a violation has occurred but wants to check the video review before making a final ruling, he or she will flag this during the run, but the competitor will be allowed to continue and the incident will be reviewed afterwards. Any change in ruling after this video review will be final. 
  13. If a competitor is disqualified for violating a rule and wants to appeal the decision, they must request a video review in person, immediately following the conclusion of their run, but must accept any ruling made by the designated NCL judge.

 

Ninja Challenge League (WA) Season – Rules & Format:

 

The WA season will consist of eight rounds of competition held at Ninja Academy Perth, beginning in March and ending in October.

Each round will consist of a different path through the Ninja Challenge course at Ninja Academy. 

There will be eight obstacles in each path. 

An obstacle is defined as the obstacle/s between each platform.

For example, the Salmon Ladder to Swinging Alley is considered a single obstacle because there is no platform between the obstacles.   

Competitors are allowed up to 30 seconds of rest after the completion of each obstacle in the path. 

Competitors must remain within the resting area for the entirety of this time. 

If a competitor does not begin the next obstacle when directed to do so by the judge for their session, they will be disqualified. 

There will be two sessions in each round. 

The capacity for each session is 40. 

Competitors will be randomly assigned a spot in the run order for each session on the day of competition to guarantee fairness. 

Chalk and other performance aids will be provided where they are deemed beneficial by the Commissioner. 

Competitors will only have one attempt to complete the course at each session. 

Competitors are allowed to – and encouraged – to participate in both sessions in each round, but only their best result for each round will determine their ranking for that round. 

The path will be announced at least 14 days prior to the first session of each round, with rules available on the Schedule section of this website.

Where possible, a video demonstrating the obstacles will also be provided at least 14 days prior to the first session of the corresponding round. 

Competitors are encouraged to visit Ninja Academy to train the path before the first session and between the first and second session of each round, but this is not a requirement.  

Results will be determined on a furthest the fastest basis as indicated in the rules for each round. 

Results from each session will be made available on the NCL 2019 Season Schedule page before the commencement of the following round. 

Points will be awarded at the end of each round based on the competitor’s position in the standings for that round with the following bonuses: 

The points from each competitor’s three highest-scoring rounds will be added together to determine their position in the overall standings for the season. 

These standings will be updated after each round to reflect the results of the latest round and will be made available online.

The top 50% of competitors rounding up (maximum 50) after the eighth and final round will be invited to compete in the NCL Finals 2019 on November 2 & 3. 

In the event of a tied points value between competitors after the final round of competition, the following tiebreakers will apply: 

Competitors will have seven days from the publication of the overall standings after the eighth and final round to accept their invitation to the NCL Finals 2019. 

Competitors who decline the invitation, fail to respond or do not purchase their ticket within this period will forfeit their invitation to the next eligible competitor.  

Entry options to the Ninja Challenge League (WA) Season sessions are as follows: 

All payments must be made online. 

See the full schedule of upcoming NCL 2019 Season (WA) sessions here.

*Ninja Academy member-discounted tickets to NCL events at Ninja Academy can only be redeemed by competitors with active Ninja Academy memberships. Suspended or terminated members with member-discounted season passes, 10-packs or single sessions must pay a fee for the remainder of the non-member equivalent cost for that pricing option before they will be allowed to compete. Full-season packs will incur an additional $12.50 fee for each session, 10-session packs will incur an additional $15.00 fee for each session and single sessions will incur an additional $20 fee for each session.

Ninja Challenge League Adult Qualifiers – Rules & Format:

The rest of Australia will compete in a series of official NCL Qualifiers held outside of Western Australia. 

Competitors will compete on a course consisting of eight obstacles, with an obstacle defined as the obstacle or obstacles between each designated landing platform.  

Competitors are allowed up to 30 seconds of rest on the platform after the completion of each obstacle in the course. 

Competitors must remain on the platform the entire time they are resting. 

If a competitor does not begin the next obstacle when directed to do so by the judge for their event, they will be disqualified. 

Competitors will only have one attempt to complete the course at each qualifier. 

The course and rules for each qualifier will be made available on the NCL 2019 Qualifiers Schedule page at least one month before that qualifier is due to be held. 

Where possible, a video demonstrating the obstacles will also be provided at least 14 days prior to the first session of the corresponding round. 

Chalk and other performance aids will be provided where they are deemed necessary and will be indicated in the rules for that event. 

Following the announcement of the course, the facility hosting the course will ensure the course is available to be trained during the appropriate opening hours in the month leading up to the event. 

Competitors are encouraged to visit the facility in the lead-up to the event to better prepare themselves for the qualifier, but this is not a requirement. 

The top male and female competitors from each qualifier will be eligible to compete in the Ninja Challenge League Finals in Perth on November 2 & 3. 

The number of men and women who qualify for the Finals at each event will be determined by the number of competitors of each sex at that qualifier. 

For example, if there are 16 men and 9 women at a qualifier, then the top five men and top three women will qualify for the NCL Finals. 

Competitors will be randomly assigned a spot in the run order for each session on the day of competition to guarantee fairness. 

Results will be determined on a furthest the fastest basis as indicated in the rules for each qualifier. 

If a competitor is disqualified for violating a rule, they must request a video review in person, immediately following the conclusion of their run. 

Results from each qualifier will be made available on the NCL 2019 Qualifiers Standings page as soon as possible following the conclusion of each event.

Competitors who qualify for the NCL Finals will have 14 days from the publication of results of that qualifier to accept their invitation and purchase a ticket to the NCL Finals 2019. 

Competitors who decline the invitation, fail to respond or do not purchase their ticket within this period will forfeit their invitation to the next eligible competitor from that qualifier. 

If a competitor forfeits their invitation from a previous qualifier, they are eligible to qualify again at subsequent qualifiers. 

Once a competitor qualifies, they are not required to compete at further qualifiers and results in subsequent qualifiers will not have any impact on a competitor’s invitation from previous events.  

Put simply, if a competitor wins an event then falls on the first obstacle in another event, they will still be qualified for the Finals. 

If a competitor who has already qualified performs well enough to earn a qualifying position in a subsequent event, the qualifying spot is given to the next eligible competitor from the most recent event. 

The only exception to this is when a competitor forfeits an earlier qualifying result as detailed above. 

Qualifiers will be held in different states and territories, but ninjas are not restricted to qualifying only in their home state.

Following each qualifying event’s conclusion, points will be allocated based on the results. 

Points will be awarded after each qualifier based on the competitor’s position in the standings for that event with the following bonuses: 

Each competitor’s three highest-scoring qualifier results across all states and territories (excluding WA) will be used to determine their overall ranking in the NCL Qualifiers Overall Standings. 

In addition to being a fun way to see where they rank among their fellow competitors, the points they earn in qualifiers will be used to determine seeding in the NCL Finals 2019. 

However, these points have no bearing on eligibility for the Finals, competitors will still need to have finished high enough at an individual qualifier to earn an invitation. 

For example, if Competitor A finishes first in a single qualifier and earns 50 points but does not compete again and Competitor B finishes with 70 points accumulated over three qualifiers but does not finish in the top five of any of them, Competitor B will still not be eligible for the NCL Finals, despite having more points and being ranked higher in the standings. 

Entry to an NCL Qualifier is $25.00 for first-time competitors or $50.00 otherwise and entitles the competitor to a single attempt at the path. 

See the full schedule of upcoming NCL Qualifiers in 2019 and book a ticket here.

Ninja Challenge League Finals 2019 (Adults) – Rules & Format:

Competitors who have accepted their invitations and purchased a ticket to the NCL Finals will compete at Ninja Academy Perth on November 2 & 3. 

Tickets to the NCL Finals 2019 cost $125.00 and include the Finals competitor exclusive 2019 Finals t-shirt in the competitors’ preferred size.

The Finals will consist of up to four stages of competition over the course of the weekend. 

Competitors must complete each stage within the designated time limit (where applicable), beginning with Stage One to progress to the next stage. 

The course for the Finals stages will be revealed on the morning of November 2. 

Competitors will not be allowed to practice any part of the course unless otherwise specified on the day. 

The run order for Stage One will be determined by how many points competitors scored at events throughout the year, with the highest-scoring competitors running later in the day. 

The following prizes are on offer at the event for the top male and female competitor: 

The top 15 men and top 15 women at the NCL Finals 2019 will also qualify to compete in the National Ninja League Finals in the United States in early 2020. 

For more information about the National Ninja League, visit www.nationalninja.com. 

To start your journey to the Ninja Challenge League Finals in 2019, book into an upcoming NCL (WA) Season session or official NCL Qualifier event on the Schedule page.

If you have any questions about the Ninja Challenge League’s rules or format, contact the Commissioner directly at commissioner@ninjachallengeleague.com. 

Ninja Challenge League Youth Qualifiers – Rules & Format:

All youth competitors will compete in a series of official NCL Qualifiers held around Australia.

Youth competitors will compete on a course consisting of eight obstacles, with an obstacle defined as the obstacle or obstacles between each designated landing platform.  

Youth competitors are allowed up to 30 seconds of rest on the platform after the completion of each obstacle in the course. 

Competitors must remain on the platform the entire time they are resting. 

If a competitor does not begin the next obstacle when directed to do so by the judge for their event, they will be disqualified. 

Youth competitors will only have one attempt to complete the course at each qualifier, with the first fall making their official result, but each youth competitor will be able to continue to each obstacle once after they have fallen.

The course and rules for each qualifier will be made available on the NCL 2019 Schedule page at least one week before that qualifier is due to be held. 

Where possible, a video demonstrating the obstacles will also be provided at least 14 days prior to the first session of the corresponding round. 

Chalk and other performance aids will be provided where they are deemed necessary and will be indicated in the rules for that event. 

Following the announcement of the course, the facility hosting the course will ensure the course is available to be trained during the appropriate opening hours in the month leading up to the event. 

Competitors are encouraged to visit the facility in the lead-up to the event to better prepare themselves for the qualifier, but this is not a requirement. 

The top male and female competitors from each age division in each qualifier will be eligible to compete in the NCL Youth Finals in Perth on November 2 & 3.

The number of boys and girls who qualify for the Finals at each event will be determined by the number of competitors of each sex at that qualifier. 

For example, if there are 8 boys and 4 girls at a qualifier, then the top five boys and top three girls will qualify for the NCL Youth Finals. 

Competitors will be randomly assigned a spot in the run order for each session on the day of competition to guarantee fairness. 

Results will be determined on a furthest the fastest of the first fall as indicated in the rules for each qualifier. 

If a competitor is disqualified for violating a rule, they must request a video review in person, immediately following the conclusion of their run. 

Results from each qualifier will be made available on the schedule page as soon as possible following the conclusion of each event.

Competitors who qualify for the NCL Finals will have one month from the publication of results of that qualifier to accept their invitation and purchase a ticket to the NCL Youth Finals 2019 – providing all information has been made available regarding dates etc.

Competitors who decline the invitation, fail to respond or do not purchase their ticket within this period will forfeit their invitation to the next eligible competitor from that qualifier. 

If a competitor forfeits their invitation from a previous qualifier, they are eligible to qualify again at subsequent qualifiers. 

Once a competitor qualifies, they are not required to compete at further qualifiers and results in subsequent qualifiers will not have any impact on a competitor’s invitation from previous events.  

Put simply, if a competitor wins an event then falls on the first obstacle in another event, they will still be qualified for the Finals. 

If a competitor who has already qualified performs well enough to earn a qualifying position in a subsequent event, the qualifying spot is given to the next eligible competitor from the most recent event. 

The only exception to this is when a competitor forfeits an earlier qualifying result as detailed above. 

Qualifiers will be held in different states and territories, but ninjas are not restricted to qualifying only in their home state.

Following each qualifying event’s conclusion, points will be allocated based on the results. 

Points will be awarded after each qualifier based on the competitor’s position in the standings for that event with the following bonuses: 

Each competitor’s two highest-scoring qualifier results across all states and territories will be used to determine their overall ranking in the NCL Youth Qualifiers Overall Standings. 

In addition to being a fun way to see where they rank among their fellow competitors, the points they earn in qualifiers will be used to determine seeding in the NCL Youth Finals 2019. 

However, these points have no bearing on eligibility for the Finals, competitors will still need to have finished high enough at an individual qualifier to earn an invitation. 

For example, if Competitor A finishes first in a single qualifier and earns 50 points but does not compete again and Competitor B finishes with 70 points accumulated over three qualifiers but does not finish in the top five of any of them, Competitor B will still not be eligible for the NCL Finals, despite having more points and being ranked higher in the standings. 

Entry to an NCL Qualifier is $15.00 for first-time competitors or $30.00 otherwise and entitles the competitor to a single attempt at the path. 

See the full schedule of upcoming NCL Qualifiers in 2019 and book a ticket here.

NCL Youth Finals 2019 – Rules & Format:

Competitors who have accepted their invitations and purchased a ticket to the NCL Finals will compete at Ninja Academy Perth on November 2 & 3.

The Finals will consist of up to four stages of competition over the course of the weekend. 

Competitors must complete each stage within the designated time limit (where applicable), beginning with Stage One to progress to the next stage. 

The course for the Finals stages will be revealed on the morning of November 2. 

Competitors will not be allowed to practice any part of the course unless otherwise specified on the day. 

The run order for Stage One will be determined by how many points competitors scored at events throughout the year, with the highest-scoring competitors running later in the day. 

The top boys and girls in each age division of the NCL Youth Finals 2019 will also qualify to compete in the National Ninja League Finals in the United States in early 2020. 

More details on the NCL Youth Finals 2019 will be released over time.

For more information about the National Ninja League, visit www.nationalninja.com. 

If you have any questions about the Ninja Challenge League’s rules or format, contact the Commissioner directly at commissioner@ninjachallengeleague.com. 

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