How Do I Join CNL?

Athletes must purchase a CNL Athlete Membership , which is valid from the date of purchase until the CNL Finals, held at the end of that CNL Season. Only CNL Athlete Members can qualify to higher stages such as the CNL Finals and earn points towards the Leaderboard.

To become a CNL Member Gym, simply download the Gym Application form. Fill out the form and email your application to info@canadianninjaleague.org. A CNL Representative will confirm your membership after reviewing your application.


What Is A “Home Gym”?

A ‘Home Gym’ is the facility you choose to represent during the CNL Season. CNL Member Athletes will designate their home gym when they purchase their CNL membership.

CNL Member Gyms will also earn the points awarded to each CNL Member Athlete who was registered their facility as a “Home Gym”. All accumulated points will be posted on the Ninja Leaderboard. Home Gyms with the most athletes in the Top 10 of each category at the end of the season will receive a prize.


What Is The Ninja Leaderboard?

This is a nationwide leaderboard where you can see how you rank against other CNL Member Athletes from all across Canada. Each competition you attend as a CNL Athlete Member will earn you points. There points will allow you to see how you rank against other CNL Member Athletes from all across Canada, contribute towards your Home Gym to receive a prize and give you another opportunity to qualify to the CNL Finals.


How Do I Earn Points Towards The Ninja Leaderboard?

CNL Member Athletes can earn individual points each time they compete in a CNL hosted event. They must have qualified for that stage to earn points and must be a CNL Athlete Member. Accumulated points are posted to the Ninja Leaderboard and are updated after every competition.

CNL Member Gyms will also earn the points awarded to each CNL Member Athlete who was registered their facility as a “Home Gym”. Home Gyms with the most athletes in the Top 10 of each category at the end of the season will receive a prize.

Athletes will receive the following points for placing in the Top 5 at an event:

1st = 50 Points
2nd = 40 Points
3rd = 30 Points
4th = 20 Points
5th = 10 Points


Can I Compete In A CNL Hosted Event, If I Am Not A CNL Member?

Yes, non-CNL Members can compete in a CNL Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 Qualifier only. However, non-CNLMembers will not earn points towards the Ninja Leaderboard and are not eligible to compete at a CNL Stage 3 Qualifier or the Stage 4 CNL Finals.

A non-CNL member will never take a qualifying spot away from a CNL Member Athlete.
Example. Non-CNL member places 3rd at Stage 2 qualifier. The non-CNL member will win any prizes awarded for 3rd place, but is not eligible to advance to Stage 3. The next qualifying CNL member will advance to Stage 3 in their place.

Note: A CNL Athlete Membership must be purchased prior to the start of a Stage 1 Qualifying event to earn points towards the Ninja Leaderboard and to be considered eligible to advance towards any future stages.


Can I Compete In Multiple Events?

Absolutely! We encourage all our CNL Athletes to compete in as many events as possible. The more you compete, the more points you can accumulate towards the Ninja Leaderboard. However, you must have qualified for that Stage in order to compete and to earn points towards the leaderboard.

Example:
Athlete A competed at a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Competition and did not qualify Top 50% in Stage 1
Athlete B competed at a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Competition and qualified Top 50% in Stage 1 and Top 3 in Stage 2

Athlete A did not qualify in Stage 1 meaning they could only compete in competitions that have a Stage 1
Athlete B qualified in Stage 1 and in Stage 2 thus they can compete in any competition that is a Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3


How Does A Combined Stage 1 And Stage 2 Event Work?

A CNL Member Gym can host a single event featuring both a Stage 1 Qualifier and a Stage 2 Qualifier. Each stage must feature a different course, with Stage 2 being more difficult than Stage 1.

CNL Member Athletes, who have already qualified for Stage 2 from a previous Stage 1 event, can choose to compete in Stage 2 only. If a CNL Member Athlete chooses to also compete in Stage 1, they will automatically advance to Stage 2, regardless of placement after Stage 1. A previously qualified CNL Member Athlete never takes a qualifying spot away from a CNL Member Athlete who has not yet qualified for the next stage.

Example:
Athlete A qualified top 50% in Stage 1 at a previous competition but did not finish in the top 50% in this Stage 1 event.
Athlete B qualified top 50% in Stage 1 at a previous competition and placed in the top 50% in this Stage 1 event.

Athlete A automatically advances to compete in Stage 2.
Athlete B automatically advances to compete in Stage 2. The next eligible CNL Athlete gets their qualifying spot and advances to Stage 2.


Do I Take A Spot Away From Another CNL Member Athlete If I Have Already Qualified At Another Event?

A previously qualified CNL Member Athlete never takes a qualifying spot away from a CNL Member Athlete who has not yet qualified for the next stage.

Example:
Athlete A qualified top 50% in Stage 1 at a previous competition but did not finish in the top 50% in this Stage 1 event.
Athlete B qualified top 50% in Stage 1 at a previous competition and placed in the top 50% in this Stage 1 event.

Athlete A automatically advances to compete in Stage 2.
Athlete B automatically advances to compete in Stage 2. The next eligible CNL Athlete gets their qualifying spot and advances to Stage 2.


Can Non-Canadian (i.e. International) Athletes Join CNL?

International athletes are welcome to join and compete in CNL competitions with us Canadians. Because this is the Canadian Ninja League there are some exceptions to the standard rules:

International athletes are unable to take a qualifying spot at any stage from a Canadian Athlete. This means that if you qualify to the next stage, the next available CNL Athlete will also qualify.

International athletes will be honored separately at the CNL Canadian National Ninja Finals as this competition is Canadians competing against each other for best in the country.


What Types Of Grip Assistant Items Can I Use In Competitions?

You are allowed generic chalk, liquid chalk products and products such as athletic tape to cover any injuries.

You are NOT allowed to use any gloves or any “Grip Enhancement Items” that are not chalk based such as transparent liquid grip. A head judge can ban the use of a product if it is believed that product is giving a reasonable unfair advantage or does not appear to be chalked based.


What Are The Age Categories?

Ages 6-9
Ages 10-11
Ages 12-13
Ages 14-15
Adults (Ages 16-39)
Masters (Ages 40+)

Age Category is determined by the Athlete’s age as of August 31, of the current CNL season.

Example 1:
You are 9 years old and your birthday is on July 1, 2019. Your age as of August 31, 2019 is 10 years old, so you would compete in the 10-11 age category.

Example 2:
You are 9 years old and your birthday is on September 22, 2019. Your age as of August 31, 2019 is 9 years old, so you would still be eligible to compete in the 6-9 age category.


Can I Move Up In Age Categories?

Absolutely! You may choose to compete in a more competitive age category as long as you have not already qualified in Top 3 in a Stage 2 event. Once you have qualified to a Stage 2 or a Stage 3, you must stay within that Age Category for the rest of the season

Note: For Adults, an athlete in the Masters (+40) moving in the Adult (16-39) is considering “Moving Up In Category” and not the reverse.


Can I Host Non-CNL Competitions?

Yes, you can host non-CNL Competitions and Events. The goal of CNL is to give more opportunities to Canadian athletes and this would not take away from that. Gyms may be associated with more then just CNL.