Age/Gender Categories

  1. The following CNL Age/Gender Categories are:

    • Age 6-9 Girls

    • Age 6-9 Boys

    • Age 10-11 Girls

    • Age 10-11 Boys

    • Age 12-13 Girls

    • Age 12-13 Boys

    • Age 14-15 Girls

    • Age 14-15 Boys

    • Age 16-39 Women

    • Age 16-39 Men

    • Age 40+ Women

    • Age 40+ Men

  2. 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

  3. An athlete may compete in a higher age category

    Exception: Adults Age 16-39 cannot compete in the Adult 40+ Category

    1. An Athlete must stay within an Age Category that they have qualified in a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier for the rest of the CNL Season


CNL Event Hosting

  1. A CNL Associated Gym must confirm their event date to info@canadianninjaleague.org prior to hosting any CNL Event

    1. The date will be reviewed by a CNL Representative

    2. Once approved, the event is added to the CNL Schedule and promoted on CNL social media platforms


  1. All CNL Associated Gyms are required to host a minimum of one Stage 1 Area Qualifier within a CNL Season

    1. All CNL Associated Gyms must have the event confirmed prior to hosting any CNL Event

  2. Must include 2 course runs for each Age/Gender Category

  3. Any athlete can participate in a Stage 1 Area Qualifier

  4. Only a CNL Athlete will be awarded a qualifying spot to a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier and is eligible for medals

    1. An athlete must have purchased a CNL Athlete Membership prior to the start of the Stage 1 Area Qualifier to be deemed a CNL Athlete and eligible for a Stage 2 Qualifying Spot

  5. A CNL Athlete who has already earned a Qualifying Spot will not take a Qualifying Spot away from another Member who has not yet qualified

  6. A CNL Associated Gym will determine the number of Stage 2 Qualifying Spots based on the top 50% of the total number of Stage 1 participating athletes in each specified Age/Gender Category

    1. Participating athletes includes CNL Athletes and Non-CNL Athletes

    2. If there is an uneven number, top 50% is rounded up

    Example:

    23 participating athletes in the Age 6-9 Boys Stage 1 Area Qualifier (20 CNL Athletes + 3 Non-CNL athletes)

    12 Qualifying Spots available (50% of 23 total athletes = 12, rounded up)

     

    Based on the Stage 1 results for 6-9 boys:

    · Top 3 CNL athletes will be awarded medals

    · The 12 available Qualifying Spots would be awarded to the Top 50% CNL Athletes

    · If any of those top 12 athletes have previously qualified, it is then awarded to the next up CNL Athlete

  7. The Top 5 qualified CNL Athletes will earn Stage 1 points for the Ninja Leaderboard

Stage 1 Area Qualifier


Stage 2 Regional Qualifier

  1. A CNL Associated Gym may host a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier within a CNL Season

    1. All CNL Associated Gyms must have the event confirmed prior to hosting any CNL Event

  2. A CNL Associated Gym cannot host more Stage 2 Regional Qualifiers than Stage 1 Area Qualifiers

  3. A CNL Associated Gym can host a single event featuring both a Stage 1 Area Qualifier and a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier

    1. Each stage must feature a different course, with Stage 2 being more difficult than Stage 1

  4. Must include 2 course runs for each Age/Gender Category

    1. Exception: If hosting a combined Stage 1 and Stage 2 Regional Qualifier, then only require one course run for Stage 1 and one course run for Stage 2

  5. Any athlete can participate in a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier

  6. Only a CNL Athlete who earned a Stage 2 Regional Qualifying Spot at a Stage 1 Area Qualifier will be deemed eligible for a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifying Spot and medals

  7. A CNL Athlete who has already earned a Qualifying Spot will not take a Qualifying Spot away from another Member who has not yet qualified

  8. The top 3 eligible CNL Athletes in each specific Age/Gender Category will be awarded a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifying Spot

    Example:

    CNL Athlete A finished 1st

    CNL Athlete B finished 2nd *

    Non-CNL Athlete C finished 3rd

    CNL Athlete D finished 4th

    CNL Athlete E finished 5th

    * Athlete B is a non-qualifying athlete (ie entered the Stage 2 Regional Qualifier, but never earned a Stage 2 Qualifying spot from a Stage 1 Area Qualifier)

    CNL Athletes A, D & E would be awarded a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifying Spot

  9. The top 5 qualified CNL Athlete will earn Stage 2 points for the Ninja Leaderboard


Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier

*This stage is currently not in effect*

**All Athletes who earned a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifying Spot will go directly to Stage 4**

Note: This stage is intended to be a qualifier to the Stage 4 Canadian National Finals It will be implemented in the near future based on the anticipated growth of the CNL

  1. All CNL Associated Gyms interested in hosting a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier must send in a CNL Event Submission Form

    1. CNL Representatives will review all submission forms and one facility from each region will be selected to host the Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier

  2. Only a CNL Athlete who earned a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier Qualifying Spot at a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier will be permitted to compete in a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier

  3. A Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier must feature 2 different courses which must be approved by a CNL Representative to assure the difficulty of the courses are reasonably higher than a Stage 2

    1. An athlete’s Final Score will be their points and time added together from both stages

  4. The Top 10 eligible CNL Athletes in each specific Age/Gender Category will be awarded a Stage 4 Canadian National Finals Qualifying Spot

  5. The Top 5 CNL Athlete on each course will earn Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier points for the Ninja Leaderboard


  1. All CNL Associated Gyms interested in hosting the Stage 4 Canadian National Finals must send in a CNL Event Submission Form

    1. CNL Representatives will review all submission forms and one facility will be selected to host the Stage 4 Canadian National Finals

  2. Only pre-qualified CNL Athletes will be eligible to compete in their specified Age/Gender Category at the Stage 4

    1. CNL Athletes must have placed in the top 3 at a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier OR

    2. CNL Athletes must have placed at the top of the Nationwide Ninja Leaderboard

  3. Stage 4 Canadian National Finals must feature 2 different courses at equal difficulty

    1. An athlete’s final score will be their points and time added together from both stages

  4. The Top 5 CNL Athletes in each Age/Gender Category will be awarded prizes

  5. The Top 5 qualified CNL Athlete on each course will earn Stage 4 Canadian National Finals points for the Ninja Leaderboard

Stage 4 Canadian National Finals


  1. The Top 5 qualified CNL Athletes at the end of a Stage 1 Area Qualifier, Stage 2 Regional Qualifier, each Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier course and each Stage 4 Canadian National Finals course will earn points towards the Ninja Leaderboard

    • 1st = 50 Points

    • 2nd = 40 Points

    • 3rd = 30 Points

    • 4th = 20 Points

    • 5th = 10 Points

  2. For Stages 2, 3 and 4, a CNL Athlete must have been awarded a Qualifying Spot to compete at that stage to earn the points

  3. Non-CNL Members do not earn points towards the Ninja Leaderboard

  4. Leaderboard points are cumulative for the entire CNL Season

  5. A Stage 4 Canadian National Finals Qualifying Spot will be awarded immediately following the last Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier of the CNL season to the top 3 ranked CNL Athletes on the leaderboard in each specified Age/Gender Category who have not yet qualified for the Stage 4 Canadian National Finals

    Example: An athlete ranked 4th on the leaderboard in the 14-15 girls category would be given a Stage 4 Canadian National Finals Qualifying Spot if the athletes ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd have already earned their Stage 4 Canadian National Finals Qualifying spots at a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier

  6. CNL Associated Gyms will earn the point awarded to each CNL Athlete who was registered their facility as a “Home Gym”

  7. At the end of the CNL season, the final leaderboard rankings will be used to award prizes to:

    1. The Top CNL Associated Gym (ie home gym) with the most athletes in the Top 10 of each age/gender category

Ninja Leaderboard


  1. All courses are required to have a minimum of 8 obstacles and there is no maximum requirement

    1. 4 Upper Body Obstacles which must test the following skills:

      • Upper Body Strength

      • Upper Body Coordination

    2. 4 Lower Body Obstacles which must test the following skills:

      • Lower Body Strength

      • Lower Body Coordination

      • Balance

      • Precision

  2. All obstacles must have a clear Start and Finish

  3. Each obstacle must have adequate safety padding/mats to prevent injury

  4. Athletes must be given a clear and reasonable area to warm up

  5. The following Age Categories may run the same course with any changes

    • Ages 6-9 and Ages 10-11

    • Ages 10-11 and Ages 12-13, Ages 40+

    • Ages 14-15, Ages 16-39, Ages 40+

    • Rankings are based on their individual age and gender category

  6. Courses adjustments must be made for other Age Categories based on height and skill level

  7. For a combined Stage 1 and Stage 2 Regional Qualifier, each stage must feature a different course, with Stage 2 being more difficult than Stage 1

Course Design


  1. Course adjustments can be made at the Designated Head Judge’s discretion only

    1. A course adjustment must be done before the first athlete of the age/gender category has begun

      Example: Box is added accommodate for shorter athletes

      Exception 1: Safety Pad/Matting can be added/adjusted for an obstacle if it is determined it will help to prevent any injury

      Exception 2: An obstacle needs to be modified or swapped out as it presents an immediate safety concern due to breaking or malfunctioning

  2. In the event an unsafe obstacle needs to be drastically changed, altered, replaced, or removed to the point where the dynamic and intent of the obstacle is completely different, any athlete who had already run the course (in that age category) and failed on that obstacle must be awarded a retry on that new obstacle

    1. If the athlete succeeds on the new obstacle, they will be awarded the point

Course Adjustments


  1. The Hosting Gym must establish a Course Time Limit and/or a Resting Time Limit between obstacles for their course

    • Course Time Limit: The maximum allowable time to attempt to complete the course

    • Resting Time Limit: The maximum allowable time to stop and rest after finishing one obstacle and starting the next obstacle

    1. The Course Time Limit will continue to count down, even if a rest time is utilized

    2. The Athlete will be given ample warning of how much rest time they have remaining

  2. A point system is used to determine an Athletes official score during a course run

    1. Each obstacle is worth 1 point

    2. An athlete is given 1 point for every obstacle they complete within the Course Time Limit

    3. Points are not awarded for a failed obstacle

      1. If an athlete fails an obstacle, they will continue their run moving to the next obstacle without earning that point

    4. A judge will penalize an athlete (-1 POINT PENALTY) if they do not make a true attempt or show notable effort to complete an obstacle

      1. The judge will inform the athlete of this penalty before they move onto the next obstacle

  3. The official course run end time for the Athlete is determined as soon as one of the following conditions is met:

    • An Athlete completes all obstacles within the Course Time Limit

    • An Athlete fails the final obstacle

    • An Athlete is injured while running the course and steps away from the course, unable to continue

    • The Course Time Limit runs out regardless of what obstacle the Athlete is on

    • The Resting Time Limit runs out and the Athlete did not begin the next obstacle

  4. An athletes Final Time is determined by when the athlete completed or failed their last obstacle

  5. Athlete ranking for each age/gender category is determined by:

    1. Highest Score – most completed obstacles

      1. If score is tied, then the athlete with the fastest time is ranked higher

      2. If both the score and time is the same, then the athlete who completed more difficult obstacles will be ranked higher

        1. The difficulty level of each obstacle will be determined by the Head Judge

Course Scoring And Timing


  1. The designated Head Judge will perform a walkthrough of the course prior to the start of each age/gender category to explain the course rules and provide athletes an opportunity to ask any questions

  2. Obstacles must not be demonstrated to the athletes

    1. If there is a legitimate safety concern, a non-participating athlete can perform a demonstration if necessary

  3. The following items must be included in a walkthrough:

    1. Reminders to Athletes/Coaches that any attempt to practice or test the equipment prior to their run will result in the Athlete being disqualified from the competition

    2. Brief introduction of who will be judging, timing and scoring the run

    3. Brief explanation of the scoring and timing rules in effect

    4. What method the judges will use to clearly identify when an obstacle has been cleared or when an athlete has failed an obstacle (eg Whistle, verbal communication, etc…)

    5. Provide athletes with a clear and concise explanation of each obstacle in the order it must be performed:

      • Show all Start and Finish points

      •  Indicate if athletes must show control on a finish point

      • When obstacles can be linked together and when they cannot

      • Identify any obstacles that are hands only or feet only

      • Identify any parts of the obstacle which are considered out of bounds

      • What will be considered incidental contact

    6. Respectfully answer all Athletes/Coaches questions

  4. The Judge is not to explain what strategies are to be used to complete the obstacles, the judge is to present the athletes the tools they can use to overcome that obstacle and under what parameters

Course Walkthrough


  1. Any judges, course designers/testers, or individuals heavily involved in running the competition must ensure they:

    1. Do not give course advice to any athletes

      1. A judge (when asked by the athlete on the course), may clarify rules or course direction for the athlete

    2. Remain neutral and unbiased with every decision

    3. Refrain from cheering on one athlete more than another

    4. Monitor all Athletes to make sure they are not attempting to practice or test any of the obstacles/equipment on a course

  2. The Designated Head Judge must know the CNL rules and have a base understanding of the skills required to perform the various obstacles, as they will be required to:

    • Perform the course walkthrough

    • Determine if any course adjustments are required

    • Make decisions on when an athlete has successfully cleared an obstacle or failed an obstacle

    • Apply penalties to athletes who do not make a true attempt or show notable effort to complete an obstacle

  3. Facility staff may compete, if they:

    • Did not have any prior knowledge of their course run, in advance of the other participating athletes in their age/gender category

    • Were not the course designer or course tester for their age/gender category

    • Are not involved in judging, scoring, or running of the event for their own age/gender category

    • Are the first ones in the run order for their age/gender category

Course Judges, Testers & Facility Staff


  1. Athlete is Injured:

    1. If an athlete is injured while running the course and in unable to continue, their run is over

    2. Their time and score will be determined at the point the Athlete steps off the course

  2. Obstacle Breaks or Course Malfunctions:

    1. If an obstacle breaks or course malfunctions, an Athlete will be allowed a rerun from the start of the course

      Examples of Malfunctions:

      • Obstacle not being reset

      • Obstacle breaking or not functioning as intended

      • No safety padding

      • Not a clear path on the obstacle

    2. The athlete can rerun once they have taken a reasonable amount of time to rest

      • Final decision is made by the Head Judge

      • The better score between the two runs will be used as the official run score

Course Incident Handling


  1. A CNL Associated Gym has the option to utilize the Timing System used by CNL

  2. The host CNL Associated Gym is responsible for ensuring all Athlete run information is tracked, which must include:

    • Athlete’s Full Name

    • Age/Gender Category

    • Points (# of obstacles completed)

    • Course Completion Time

  3. During a competition, the host CNL Associated Gym must be able to provide an athlete their total points and run time within a reasonable amount of time upon request

  4. At the end of the competition, the host CNL Associated Gym must immediately submit to CNL:

    • The run information of all the Athletes for each stage completed

    • Final Ranking and placement for each Age/Gender Category

      • CNL Athletes awarded Qualifying Spots

    • A video showing a run on each course used during competition

Result Tracking


  1. Prizes will be awarded to athletes at the following stages:

    • CNL Athletes in the Top 50% that are newly qualified in a Stage Area 1 Qualifier will receive a CNL Qualifier Certificate and Athletes in the Top 3 CNL Athletes will receive CNL Medals

    • CNL Athletes that are newly qualified in a Stage 2 Regional Qualifier will receive a CNL Qualifier Certificate and Athletes in the Top 3 CNL Athletes will receive CNL Medals

    • CNL Athletes that are newly qualified in a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier will receive a CNL Qualifier Certificate and Athletes in the Top 3 CNL Athletes will receive Medals

    • CNL Athletes in the Top 3 in the Stage 4 Canadian National Ninjas Finals will receive a CNL Trophy

  2. The Athletes in each age/gender category will receive the prizes by the completion of their event

    1. A CNL Associated Gym can choose to award additional prizes to more athletes at their discretion

    2. If a CNL Associated Gym is hosting a combined Stage Area 1 and Stage 2 Regional Qualifier, prizes are awarded for both stage

    Example: Medals will be awarded to the Top 3 CNL Athletes in Stage 1 and to the the Top 3 Athletes in Stage 2

  3. Prizes can include, but are not limited to:

    • Trophies

    • Medals

    • Certificates

    • Merchandise

    • Cash

  4. At the end of the CNL season (after the Stage 4 Canadian National Finals), the rankings on the Ninja Leaderboard will be used to award prizes to the CNL Associated Gym with the most athletes in the top 10 of each Age Category, who have designated their facility as their “Home Gym”

Prizes


  1. CNL Associated Gyms are responsible for ensuring any athletes who participate in a CNL event at their facility have signed the waiver form for their facility prior to the start of the event

Waivers


  1. Can compete in a Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 Regional Qualifiers only

  2. Does not earn points towards the Ninja Leaderboard

  3. Is not eligible to compete in a Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier or Stage 4 Canadian National Final

  4. Unable to take a qualifying spot away from a CNL Athlete

Example: Non-CNL member places 3rd at Stage 2 Regional Qualifier. The non-CNL member will win any prizes awarded for 3rd place but is not eligible to advance to Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier. The next qualifying CNL member will advance to Stage 3 Provincial Qualifier in their place.

Non-CNL Athlete


Grip Assistant Items

  1. Athletes can use generic chalk, liquid chalk products or products such as athletic tape to cover any injuries

  2. Athletes are not allowed to use any gloves or “Grip Enhancement Items” that are not chalk based, such as transparent liquid grip

    1. The designated Head Judge can ban the use of a product if it is believed the product is giving a reasonable unfair advantage or does not appear to be chalk based