NinjaUSA is the national governing body for Ninja and events in the United States of America. It is a technical committee of USA Pentathlon Multisport (USAPM), which is a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and NinjaUSA is also a member of World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d'Obstacles (FISO is the world governing body for obstacle sports) and a member of OCR Americas, the continental association of World OCR member federations in the Americas. We are a not for profit organization with our national office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
How is NinjaUSA run?
NinjaUSA is run by volunteers made up of sport professionals, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across the United States. Committee members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings.
Are NinjaUSA committee members paid?
As a not for profit organization, all members are volunteers and are not paid. Members are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved by the Executive Committee.
What are NinjaUSA goals?
NinjaUSA is committed to athlete representation and the sustainable growth of Ninja in the United States. Our goals are:
Who does NinjaUSA support?
NinjaUSA’s primary purpose is to support the members and the growth of the sport from the grass roots level through to elite athletes competing at international multi-sport Games, world and continental events.
What is NinjaUSA’s long term plan?
NinjaUSA staff will be responsible for implementing the growth of the sport, including national series, national championships, national rankings and qualification for NinjaUSA National Team.
What is a National Governing Body (NGB)?
A NGB is the governing body for a specific sport. Most sports, whether they have a professional division or operate at an amateur level only are represented by not for profit NGBs in the United States. Examples include Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Triathlon, Track & Field, Swimming, Gymnastics, Speed Skating, and Alpine Skiing to name a few.
At world level, Obstacle (Sports) is structured like Aquatics, which includes Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Water Polo, and Artistic Swimming as Disciplines (sub-sports), run by technical committees. NinjaUSA functions as the NGB for Ninja in the United States, and is a technical committee of USAPM. USAPM is a member of the USOPC.
What does a NGB do?
Recognized NGBs support the development of their sport in the United States which includes athlete, coaching, official development, and events.
Is NinjaUSA affiliated with brands in The United States?
NinjaUSA treats all brands equally, with a goal to support all parties of interest in Ninja. Although some Committee Members are affiliated with one or more Ninja brands, NinjaUSA is a not for profit organization and has not accepted funding from any organizations.
Will NinjaUSA stifle innovation?
No. NinjaUSA’s goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in Ninja along the same guidelines as World OCR. While NinjaUSA will develop obstacle guidelines and safety / medical standards for various National Championships, these guidelines will not hinder organizations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include restrictive event rules.
Will the NinjaUSA force brands to adhere to strict guidelines?
No. It is our goal that directors from across the United States will adhere to a standard set of safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and formats though, the event organizations will continue to operate and innovate new obstacles and formats as they do today.
There are guidelines in place for regional, national and international championships, part of a long-term strategy for Ninja to achieve medal events at international multisport Games.
Is NinjaUSA affiliated with any international organizations?
Yes, along with 100 other national federations, NinjaUSA is a member of World OCR, a Swiss based nonprofit composed of national member federations worldwide. It is the sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world and is working toward meeting requirements for recognition as on Olympic Sport, as specified by Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). World OCR’s goals and structure is similar to the Aquatics (FINA), Cycling (UCI) and Athletics (World Athletics).
What will the sport look like in the future?
NinjaUSA is working to ensure that Ninja continues to include the things we love about the sport. This is an innovative sport inclusive of all abilities and ages with a thriving community. NinjaUSA has training programs for coach and officials development following the international structure provided by World OCR. More information on Coaching and Officials Development programs is available on the World OCR website.
Is NinjaUSA hoping to make ninja an Olympic sport?
Recognition of obstacle sports at world level can only be achieved by the International Federation, World OCR. As a voting member of World OCR, NinjaUSA represents the needs of the members at the international level. If you wish to help the sport achieve recognition, you have opportunities to represent the United States on the International Federation and help on committees and commissions of World OCR.
How can NinjaUSA help me?
As a member based nonprofit, NinjaUSA exists to represent the needs of the athletes. Please sign up to become a member and recommend NinjaUSA membership to your friends. You can get further involved by joining a committee and help shape the sport. Message us for more details.
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