The Warrior Factory Syracuse Competition Squad FAQ
Q. What does it mean to be on the Competition Squad? A. Being on the Competition Squad means you are ready to dedicate time and energy to the sport of ninja and compete in NNL competitions. It means our coaches think you are either full of potential or have already realized at least some of that potential and are ready to compete against other ninjas your age. It also means they feel you have the maturity and attitude necessary to represent our facility which is just, if not more, important than your physical performance on the course. Being on the Competition Squad means our coaches and staff will work as hard as we can to teach you the skills, tips and techniques necessary to allow you every success at competitions and assist in your quest to become the best ninja possible.
Q. How do I get on the Competition Squad?
A. Anyone that is a Green Band or above in our curriculum system is eligible to join the Competition Squad.
Due to the delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic in the progression of our curriculum classes we will be offering Open Try Outs for this season of our Comp Squad. Regardless of your Band Level, or even if you don't have a band at all - if you think you have what it takes come out and give it a shot! Our try-out will be a mix of evaluating a course run, strength and endurance. Don't miss this opportunity to jump the line and become a part of something special. We are very excited to get our inaugural Competition Team started! Try-out sessions will be Saturday August 29 from 5-7pm or Sunday August 30 from 10am-12pm. You only need to attend one session and your try-out will not last the entire 2 hours. Final posting of our Comp Squad team will occur once everyone has had a chance to try-out and our coaches have had time to assimilate and discuss the data collected.
Q.How often are practices? A.Practices for the Competition Squad will be held twice a week for 2 hours each starting September 14 and going through the entire season ending mid February. These practices will be on Tues/Thurs to give ample rest between competition days which are generally Saturday or Sunday. Check our online schedule for the month of September to see what times these are currently scheduled for. Although practices are twice a week you will likely find your ninja will want extra time in the gym to practice skills and techniques being taught each week.
Q. Will my ninja compete every weekend? A. Only if you want them to! Your ninja can pick and choose when to compete based on their schedule. When the NNL schedule is released we will select 3 competitions that our coaches will be guaranteed to be at. These comps will be close in proximity (ie - Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo) and hopefully allow most of the squad to make it. Any ninjas may attend any and all comps as they prefer regardless of if our coaches will be there.
*Our coaches may be available for other comps based how the season progresses.
Q. What about the Band Based Curriculum? A. The Competition Squad would take the place of the 1hr/wk band based curriculum class. However, at the end of each session if your ninja would like to test into a new band level because they are picking up new skills like mad, we can arrange that. Many ninjas take great pride in achieving a new band color and that sense of measurable accomplishment is still available via the Comp Squad.
Q. What is the NNL?
A. The National Ninja League (NNL) is an organization run by a collection of the nation's top Ninjas. The goal of the NNL is to promote the sport of Ninja obstacle course racing across the country. They are providing the infrastructure, organization and guidelines for top level facilities to allow for all ages to become involved in the rapidly growing sport of Ninja! The NNL has 6 age divisions ranging from 6 to 40+. Each age division runs a course designed for their size and skill. All participants run the course in their designated age brackets and the top 3 male and female winners advance to the NNL National Finals*. In addition to qualifying for Nationals, the top 3 finishers generally win some pretty cool prizes.
Different gyms across the country host NNL events every weekend to allow athletes a chance to test their mettle against the course and their peers. TThe Warrior Factory Syracuse will host at least one NNL sanctioned competition this season. TWF Syracuse competition will feature professionally designed courses for each age division (ages 6+ as of 2/21/2020). The courses will test the ninjas strength, agility, balance and technique on a multitude of innovative and exciting obstacles, strung together to make for one the most fun, most memorable athletic experiences around.
*NNL Season 6 (Sept 2020 - Feb 2021) may have altered finals due to COVID-19.