The Ninja Speed Competition is a 2-lane, 100m course with 10 obstacles provided by The ATS Team, an LA-based set shop and production company, best known as the designer and builder of obstacles and courses for the Ninja Warrior television show franchise worldwide.
The fastest sixteen athletes in each category in the heats qualify for the quarter-finals. The fastest eight athletes qualify for the semifinals. The fastest four athletes in each category from the semifinals qualify for the finals.
Heats are run on two parallel single lanes for time and are not head-to-head races. Quarter finals through finals are head-to-head tournament style races for each category: a gold medal final (for 1st/Gold and 2nd /Silver) and a bronze medal final (for 3rd/Bronze & 4th.) The finals are the first to hit the button in each race. They are not for time, so the athletes in the bronze medal race cannot beat those in the Gold medal race.
USANA decides on the qualification criteria for para (adaptive) athletes and may opt for a qualification-based system or direct selection. Para Athletes race in Para categories, not age categories.
Age Categories follow international sport practice and span multiple age groups. Age categories are Kids (up to 10) Youth (11 to 14), Junior (15 to 19), Senior (20 to 39), Masters (40 to 49), Grand Masters (50 to 59), Veteran (60 and over) and adaptive (Para).
Age groups, if used, are 2-years for Kids, Youth, Junior and Veteran and 5-years for Senior and Master, for example Youth 13/14, Senior 30-34, Masters 55-59, and Veteran 60/61.
The age definition for Kids, Youth, and Veteran athletes is the age of the athlete on race day. The age definition for Junior, Senior, and Masters athletes is the age you are on December 31st, in the year of competition, following international sport convention and rules.
Example: An athlete who is 15 years old on race day but turns 16 on or before December 31 will race in the Youth 14/15 category.
The races and competition rules are formatted to facilitate fairness, event flow, and judging. Athletes and their entourages are required to uphold the FISO conduct policy and Code of Ethics throughout the competition. Download the rules below.
Gold, Silver & Bronze medals are awarded for top three finishers in each category.
ATHLETE & ENTOURAGE CONDUCT
National Federation members and recognized events of World Obstacle are required to promote the character development of athletes, to enhance the integrity of obstacle sports, to promote sportsmanship and civility in society. Coaches, trainers, officials, officers and all those associated with their programs and events should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. The Entourage must respect and promote ethical principles, including those contained in the World Obstacle Codes of Ethics and the WADA Code. Download the Athlete and Entourage Conduct policy below for details.
FISO has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and World Obstacle Anti-Doping Rules are implemented to advance FISO’s continuing efforts to prevent doping in the sport. All athletes of legal age (not minors / 18 years old and over) competing in FISO world level events are required to complete the WADA Anti-Doping e-Learning (ADeL) talented athlete education programme and provide the certificate of completion prior to competing. ADeL is proved free of charge. Register and complete the programme on the WADA ADeL website, then download your completion certificate and upload during race registration, or show at packet-pick up with your photo ID. See the main page for instructions to create an account and complete the training.
All coaches, trainers, officials and people in frequent contact with youth and junior athletes are encouraged to hold a current U.S. Safe Sport Certification or International Safesport i-Protect education and must comply with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. Register and create a free account for i-Protect here. Training is free.
Course subject to change. Obstacle selection, order and size may vary. Youth/Junior courses may include modifications to allow smaller and younger athletes to complete obstacles.