With just over 3 weeks until our kick-off event at Hybrid Ninja Academy, we wanted to share a bit more information on qualifying for the World Championships and how course finishes, and points all add up and dictate run order at the World Championships.

Run order for the FINA Speed and the FINA Endurance event at World Championships will be based on total course completions and total points.  Athlete rankings throughout the season for FINA Speed will be used to determine run order for the FINA Speed World Championships, and rankings throughout the season for FINA Endurance will be used to determine run order for the FINA Endurance World Championships. Here is a quick example to help explain:

Let’s say the following athletes qualified for the FINA Endurance World Championships with the respective season stats:

Athlete # Athlete Total Course Completions Total Endurance Points Accrued
1 Johnny Nunchucks 3 57
2 Sally Lache 3 58
3 Joseph Cannonball 2 62
4 Patricia Wallclimber 1 63
5 Sammy Salmonladder 2 62
6 Freddie Finisher 2 62

Since there is a three way tie between athletes 3, 5, & 6, these athletes will be entered into a random drawing for positioning.

Their respective run order at the FINA Endurance World Championships will be:

Run Order Athlete
1 Patricia Wallclimber
2 *Joseph Cannonball
3 *Sammy Salmonladder
4 *Freddie Finisher
5 Johnny Nunchucks
6 Sally Lache

*Random Selection due to course completions and points tie

Hope that helps clarify some things and can’t wait to see everyone out at Hybrid Ninja Academy on November 2nd & 3rd.

As the countdown to the fruition of our dream, passion, and vision drops to under 1 month, we can’t help but share our overwhelming excitement and gratitude with all of you who have believed in and stood along side us throughout the birth of FINA. The most common question we were asked, and are continued to be asked is, “Why another league”?

As a coach, I have seen 7 year old children thrive in the gym, achieve great belief in themselves because of obstacles they have conquered, only to see that confidence crushed the first time she or he competes because they went down on the first obstacle. The long car ride home filled with disappointment and dissatisfaction as a young child questions the sport they love and wonder if it is right for them.

As a parent, I have taken my daughter on road trips filled with excitement and anticipation, only to arrive and watch my daughter take inventory as to which top ninjas are at a competition and watch her optimism sink as she predicts her place before the competition even begins.

As a gym owner, I have put a competition together with a first obstacle that literally had someone drive 3 hours to compete and go out in 2 seconds. Sure he got to finish the course, but at what level of fun and vigor? A value I couldn’t provide.

As an athlete, I’ve traveled to many gyms affiliated within a same league, but encountered no continuity from gym to gym.
FINA has a vision. The seven year old doesn’t leave with tears, but with great hope and hunger for the next event because points were had, value was provided, and confidence was cultivated. A child doesn’t worry about who else is at a competition because FINA is athlete vs. the course, not athlete vs. athlete until the World Championships. World Championships are not overwhelming to any child because they did not qualify just by showing up. Everyone at The World Championships will have cleared a course or completed enough obstacles throughout the season and won’t feel like they don’t belong, as I’ve seen at so many finals events.

FINA believes that success is not measured in the making of money, but instead in making a difference. Our aim is for every FINA event to be a magic door that athletes of all ages feel better walking out of than when they walked in. Our aim is to continue what this great community is, and make it even better.

We thank and invite you all to celebrate with us as athlete, spectator or supporter November 2nd and 3rd. FINA is not the league of, “No. You are not ready to compete”, but instead, a league for both beginning athletes, and veterans of the sport to compete with and not against one another.

Thank you all,
Pat & Roy

Monstro Ninja Holds to sponsor FINA Inaugural Event at Hybrid Ninja Academy

Monstro Ninja Holds, the industry leader in custom ninja holds, has signed on as an official partner with FINA for the Inaugural weekend of November 2-3 at Hybrid Ninja Academy in Lancaster, NY.

Monstro will be providing custom FINA ninja holds for some of the top athletes throughout the weekend.

OCRM Network to record FINA Inaugural Event for Ninja Documentary

OCRM Network, the Obstacle Course television network, will be on site for the entire opening weekend at Hybrid Ninja Academy in Lancaster, NY to film the inaugural event for a ninja documentary – the first of its kind.

OCRM Network Founder Dan Krikorian sees the enormous growth in the sport and was thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking event.

With the OCRM network production crew on site throughout the weekend, Hybrid was forced to limit the number of athletes that can compete.