It began back in February with a Round Table discussion. Some of the heads of your local gyms were passionate about cultivating a group of Ninjas proud to represent their state. With 10 gyms in North Carolina alone and many down in South, it was a mission worth exploring. We had the enthusiasm to build something big…the ideas to strengthen the community and the plans to grow the sport of ninja and they all burst from the minds of some pretty great local gyms leaders!
Welcome to the Ninja Carolina League!
The Ninja Carolina League (NCL) is a league for Beginning and Advanced Ninja Warrior athletes of all ages in the Carolinas. The season will run from December to mid-April with finals in the first two weeks of May to determine its champions.
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At the beginning of each season, athletes will decide which level and class they will compete in and must compete in that division for the entire season.
General guidelines are that most athletes competing in their first full season will be “beginners” and most athletes that have been competing consistently for more than 1 year will be “advanced”. Athletes who have qualified and competed in either the NNL National Finals or UNAA World Finals must compete in the “advanced” level. After Season 1, any “beginners” who finished in the top 3 spots in the previous season must compete in an “advanced” division the following season.
The NCL will seek to be in association with USA Ninja (http://ninjausa.org) and will have male and female, beginner and advanced levels in the following classes (based on age as of January 1 of the year the season ends):
- Adult (16-39)
- Masters (40+)
Competitors in each division (gender/level/class) will be awarded points based on the standard league standing scoring system.
NCL will follow Athlete Warrior Games rules.
Athletes may compete in as many season competitions as they desire. Their three best performances will determine their standings in their division (gender/level/class group) of the league. At each NCL competition, a league point total is awarded based on how the ninja places overall at the end of the competition in their division. The most league points will be received for 1st place overall in each division, the least amount of league points will be awarded to the last place finisher in all overall division. Find a more detailed explanation see the league standing scoring system which is used by all leagues under USA Ninja.
In order to qualify for Finals an athlete will need at least 160 league points.
The finals will determine the season champions, and top performers may be eligible for participation at the national level to be part of Team USA. (USA Ninja is still working on the details of this for 2021 and beyond).
Prize money awarded at the finals should not jeopardize an athlete’s amateur status as it is not expected to be higher than what they paid to participate in total throughout the season.