What does it mean to be an NNL facility? NNL facilities are eligible to host National Ninja League and Rec Ninja League events. This does not prohibit you from holding competitions for most leagues. Presently, the approved organizations are NENA and AWG, but the board can vote on approving organizations that promote furthering the sport. The NNL does not influence the day-to-day operations of your facility in any way.
Why become an NNL facility? The National Ninja League is the elite competition league of one of the world's fastest-growing sports. NNL competitions regularly draw the largest competition fields in the sport, with many of our qualifiers hosting upwards of 200 competitors across all age divisions. These athletes are among the top athletes in the sport, and our World Championships draw most of the top ninjas in the world. As a growing sport, we regularly reach out to our facilities to help improve the rules of our sport. We firmly believe that NNL-affiliated facilities are the best of the best in the ninja community, and we believe that the only way for us to grow is for our facilities to be prosperous as well.
What do I get as an NNL facility? Facilities will receive: - Access to the NinjaWorks system to record your event results for live output on our website - Camera equipment for recording your events and your livestream, which will be shipped to the next facility in your region - A communication line with your Regional Manager to guide you through the event-hosting process - Access to our Gym Resources page with our rules and video explanations - Use of the NNL and RNL logos for merchandising
Can I just host youth/RNL events? Facilities are allowed to host only Rec Ninja League events, only National Ninja League events, or both. Additionally, you are allowed to host competitions for adults only, youth only, or both. This can also vary by competition (i.e. you would be allowed to host one competition for youth only and another for both youth and adults).
Starting with the 2019-2020 season, facilities may become Rec Ninja League-specific facilities. Facilities that apply for full NNL status may be accepted only as Rec Ninja League facilities with the option of becoming an NNL facility after hosting a successful Rec Ninja League event.
Can I be an NNL facility even if I am not in the United States? Absolutely! We have international facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Barbados, and we'd love to expand to more emerging ninja markets.
How do I become an NNL facility? Submit the following three items to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1. The completed application form, attached below 2. Several pictures of your obstacles, demonstrating structural integrity and ample padding 3. Two videos, one of an adult course and one of a youth course. (Detailed obstacle descriptions are not required; we're mainly interested in obstacle variety, course flow, and proper safety precautions.)
Your application will then be scored by our Board of Directors on five criteria: 1. Equipment Structure and Maintenance 2. Obstacle Variety 3. Event History 4. Safety and Padding 5. Overall Appearance and Professionalism
Your application must be scored at least 6 out of 10 in all five categories to gain admission to the League.
The Board of Directors votes in semi-monthly "voting periods" on the 1st and 15th of the month, so you will have a verdict by the 7th or 21st of the month. If your facility does not pass the application process, you are welcome to improve your application and resubmit it at any time.
There is no fee to apply or to join the National Ninja League.