TNL is a non-profit organization made up of ninja gym owners, managers, and even parents coming together to give back to the community. Our mission is to promote the sport of Ninja Obstacle Competition (N.O.C.) in the state of Texas for athletes of all ages.
In order of qualify to compete at the TNL championships each athletes must be registered with the TNL league $25 per season. Any individual who is registered with the Texas Ninja League may compete with the Texas Ninja League regardless of where they live (can live outside of Texas). Placement points will begin accumulating for the season AFTER the athlete has registered. If an athlete registers after the competition they'll still be eligible to receive 1 participation point up to 1 week after the competition but will no longer be eligible for placement points. Click here to sign up.
Becoming a host gym -
Host gym cost during the off season is $50, Host gym cost cost mid-season is $100.
AGE GROUP FORMAT :
Men and women will not be competing against each other for points, placement, or prizes. If you move up an age division for a tournament - then you are now competing in that age level. Some tournaments will separate the age divisions to accommodate more participants. However, the State Tournament will have the following age divisions. Age is based on August 1st at start of season.
Tykes 5 & 6
Kids 7 & 8
Youth 9 & 10
Preteens 11 & 12
Teens 13 - 15
Amateur Adults 16 +
PRO CLASS :
Any athlete qualifies in the new PRO division if they have been to Las Vegas on ANW the last 3 years, placed top 10 at UNAA Finals, or top 10 at NNL Finals. You MUST meet these requirements - pro division is invite only. If an athlete qualifies in the pro division they will automatically qualify for TNL Finals (must still sign up as a member and points begin to accumulate AFTER sign up). If they wish to run later at finals they're eligible to participate in qualifier competitions with Adults 16 + but only receive 1 participation point (starting at 5 points just for signing up) for every qualifier competition they're involved in (including TNL, UNAA, and NNL competitions).
Any amateur adult 16 + that places first place at a TNL (not UNAA or NNL) competition will receive an invitation to move to the pro class for TNL Finals.
Once an athlete has decided to move to the pro division they can not move back down in that season.
Points example in the case of a pro athlete competing at a TNL qualifier (because the limited number of pro athletes they will compete with 16 + amateur athletes except at TNL finals)...
A) Pro athlete gets first place (gains 1 TNL point) and second place amateur gets their 5 points to qualify for finals.
B) Amateur athlete gets first place (gains 5 points), and second place pro gets one point, and third place amateur gains their 4 points.
Essentially the points "skip" pro athletes because they automatically qualify and aren't trying to rack up points like the 16 + amateur athletes are required to do.
POINT SYSTEM :
The league scoring athletes will earn +1 TNL point for each competition they’re involved in (UNAA, TNL, or NNL) at a TNL gym.
Athletes also have the opportunity to gain additional points based on their placement at TNL competitions (age groups are different at UNAA and NNL competitions so only the +1 participation point at those).
Additional points at TNL qualifiers (not UNAA/NNL)...
1st place = +4 points
2nd place = +3 points
3rd place = +2 points
4th place = +1 points
QUALIFYING FOR FINALS :
5 points minimum and you qualify for finals. Any points over 5 will be a factor in deciding run order at finals.
Qualifying format is at gyms own direction so make sure to read their rules about how many courses they may have, time frame, scoring system, etc. Obstacles must have a clearly marked start and finish for each obstacle at each qualifying competition as well as finals.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS :
Austin Ninjas - Cedar Park March 28th & 29th, 2020
(April 18th & 19th as back up in case of ANW filming interference)
Saturday March 28th STAGE ONE - All qualified athletes will run in reverse points order (the more points you gain all season - the later you run - number of competitions is a tie breaker). One mulligan (redo) that must be used on their first fall. Points based format with 1 point for every obstacle completed within the time cap and 1 redo opportunity on first fall.
Athlete A never falls - gets a bonus point for a perfect run.
Athlete B falls on third obstacle - uses redo and completes obstacle - completes rest of course.
Athlete C falls on third obstacle - uses redo - falls again on 5th obstacle - no redo option but gets to continue on to next obstacle for points until time cap.
Sunday March 29th STAGE TWO - Top 50% of athletes in each division (both genders) will move on to stage 2. Points will start over from 0, but athletes will run in reverse points order based on stage 1. No mulligan on stage 2 - you fall you're out.
Sunday March 29th (after everyone has done stage two) STAGE THREE - Must complete stage two in order to move on to stage 3. No mulligan on stage 3 - you fall you're out. Furthest fastest wins. In case of no athletes completing stage 2 winners will be determined based on stage 2 results with furthest fastest winning.