World Ninja League Competitions at Life Force Ninja
World Ninja League Season VIII
The World Ninja League is a non-profit organization that facilitates competitions at gyms world-wide. The eighth season of the WNL runs August 2022 through June 2023, with the World Championships taking place June 23-25, 2023 in Greensboro, NC. Gyms affiliated with the WNL will host various qualifier competitions, where athletes will compete against each other vying for the top spots. The Northwest Regional Championships will take place on May 20-21. Those who placed in the top three of their age/gender division from a qualifier will qualify to compete in a regional championship. Life Force Ninja will be the host gym for the Northwest regional competition, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska . To qualify for the World Championships, athletes must compete at the regional and finish in the top 16 or 35% of the unique athletes that competed in the region in the athlete’s respective age division and gender.
Tier 1 and Tier 2 Courses
New for season VIII, the World Ninja League has introduced Tier 1 and Tier 2 competitions. Tier 1 is for ninjas looking to compete against the best athletes who view ninja as their primary sport. Tier 1 competitions will have the toughest courses and hardest obstacles. Tier 2 competitions are for people that are newer to the sport, or for those who feel they may not be quite ready for the higher level of difficulty in Tier 1. We have decided that we will only be hosting Tier 1 competitions at Life Force Ninja for this season while we assess the demand for Tier 2.
Course Formats: Full Course, Flow Course, and Skills Course
- Full Course format is new for Season VIII, and allows athletes to run the entire course, and continue gaining points regardless of how many fails they have. For those who did not like the “one-and-done” format used in previous seasons, the new Full Course format should suit your liking. It does use a very different scoring system that may take some getting used to. If you’re not familiar with it, we recommend reading up on it in the WNL Season VIII Rulebook.
- Flow Course is the original course scoring format used in previous seasons. Athletes are scored based on obstacles completed and total time up until their first fail, or when they hit the buzzer. This is the “one-and-done” format referenced above. It’s a very simple format, but can lead to higher stress on athletes since their scored run is over at their first fail. Athletes are permitted to continue their run for fun after their first fail so they can attempt the rest of the obstacles within the allotted time cap.
- Skills Course utilizes multiple mini-courses that are setup for the event. Our Skills competition will feature four short obstacle courses, each with their own sets of obstacles and skills: Endurance, Power, Dash, and Tech. Athletes will get to run all four courses, with their final placing determined by combining their scores on each course.
Competitions at Life Force Ninja
Competitions at Life Force Ninja are challenging, rewarding, and fun! We take pride in putting together unique and creative obstacle courses that are sure to challenge all abilities. Our 18,000 sq ft facility provides plenty of room for athletes to warmup, and for spectators to watch. We livestream all Tier 1 competitions, as well as provide live commentary on each athlete. We typically have athletes travel from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona to attend our competitions – some come from even further away. If you’re new to the WNL, we recommend browsing their website and reading their rules before signing up. As always, you can reach out to us too and we can help get you acquainted!
WNL Season VIII Regional Qualifier
We are thrilled to be hosting the Northwest regional this season for Tier 1! This will be a two day event taking place May 21-22. Format and further details to be announced.
World Ninja League Qualifier #3: Skills Course Tier 1
Apr. 1, 2023
This will be our third qualifier of the season, where we will be hosting Tier 1 for age six and up. See below for full schedule.
Our event age groups and run dates are as follows (the participant’s age as of Jan. 1, 2023 determines which age category they fall into). On the schedule below, you will see that there are varying age/gender divisions. The courses (numbered 1 – 5) will get progressively more difficult as the day goes on.
Awards will be handed out after each course wave. Prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in every age/gender division. Cash prize of $100 will be awarded to first place finishers in the Elite male and female division.
Schedule subject to change. Final schedule timing will be emailed to all competitors two days before event.
- Skills Course Grouping 1: Kids 6-8 Male and Female, Mature Kids 9-10 Male and Female
- Rules and course walkthrough 8:15 – 8:45am
- Course runs 9:00 – 10:30am
- Awards 10:30 – 10:45am
- Skills Course Grouping 2: Preteens 11-12 Male and Female, Teens 13-14 Female
- Rules and course walkthrough 8:15 – 8:45am
- Course runs 9:00 – 11:00am
- Awards 11:15 – 11:30am
- Skills Course Grouping 3: Young Adult 15-17 Female, Adult 18-39 Male and Female, Masters 40+ Male and Female
- Rules and course walkthrough 12:30 – 12:50pm
- Course runs 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Awards 3:15 – 3:30pm
- Skills Course Grouping 4: Teens 13-14 Male, Young Adult 15-17 Male, Elite Female
- Rules and course walkthrough 4:00 – 4:20pm
- Course runs 4:30 – 5:15pm
- Awards 5:15 – 5:30pm
- Skills Course Grouping 5: Elite Male
- Rules and course walkthrough 6:00 – 6:15pm
- Course runs 6:30 – 7:30pm
- Awards 7:30 – 7:45pm
- Redemption Time 7:45 – 8:15pm (This is open time for all athletes to play on the course together)
Event cost is $60 / participant, and free for spectators. Prizes and/or medals are awarded to the top three male and female athletes within each age group. Run times for age/gender divisions are subject to change. Final schedule will be posted two days before event.
Ready to register? Please follow these steps:
- For first-time WNL competitors, go to the Ninja Works website to register for your Athlete ID: https://timing.ninjaworks.com/accounts/register/
- Sign the Season VIII WNL waiver here.
- For returning WNL competitors, be sure you have signed the Season VIII waiver (you will need your Athlete ID, which you can search for here)
- Click the button below to reserve yourself for the competition – Remember, the participant’s age as of Jan. 1, 2023 determines which age category they fall into. Athletes ages 15+ may choose to compete in Elite, however, they must stay in that division for the remainder of the season.