Multi-Event Competitions

Competitions that feature more than one event are automatically considered multi-event competitions. A single event could be a Flow Course, an Individual Skill, a Full Course or a Head to Head Tournament.

Multi-Event competitions test athlete’s abilities in a variety of ways using various scoring systems that evaluate athletes based on their performance across multiple events. Each individual event will utilize one of the scoring systems in the four formats discussed in our previous section.

Multi-Event competitions have the potential to have a lot going on. In an effort to consolidate the information related to multi-event competitions we require multi-event competitions to complete a multi-event form and make it publicly available.

In this section we will cover some of the terminology and details found on the standard multi-event form.

Event Labels

Multi-event competitions may feature open and closed events. The Event Label will help coaches and athletes distinguish which events athletes must qualify for and which events are open to everyone.

Open Events are available to all athletes registered for a competition.

Closed Events are restricted and athletes only gain advance/qualify to Closed events based on criteria listed in the published multi-event sheet.


Multi-Event competitions may utilize a few standard scoring systems found within ninja competitions. The individual competitions multi-event form must indicate which scoring system(s) will be used at the competition.


Athletes will be scored on each individual event in the competition.

Jackson Erdos on the Edge of Dreams at the 2022 NNL World Championship.

Skills Overall

Athletes will be scored by the lowest Sum of Placements from the athlete’s placement from each of the individual skill in the competition.

*Athletes who don’t compete on a skill will receive on placement lower then the lowest of all those who did complete.

Course Overall

An athlete’s score is their sum of their placements on each individual course. This includes any Flow or Full Course in the competition. Athletes are then sorted from lowest to highest.

*Athletes who don’t compete on a course for any reason will receive on placement lower then the lowest of all those who did complete.

Strongest Ninja

Athletes will be scored by the lowest sum of placements across all events in the competition (Course/Skills)

*Athletes who don’t compete on a course or skill for any reason will receive on placement lower then the lowest of all those who did complete.



Furthest progress through all Flow Courses in the competition without failing to complete an obstacle.

In the event two or more athletes tie for furthest progress, the athletes with the fastest times to the furthest obstacle on the latest Flow Course will receive the better placements.


Athletes compete in a head to head race on a Flow Course. Each race eliminates athlete(s) based on criteria set by the Tournament. The winner is determined by the last ninja standing

Full Clear

The phrase “Full Clear” is used to describe when an athlete completes all the obstacles in a Full or Flow Course without failing.

Advancement Procedure

Competitions that feature multiple events may choose to set advancement procedures for later “closed” events using scoring from earlier open or closed events from the same competition. The advancement procedure will indicate which condition(s) must be met in order for the athlete to advance to the closed event. The condition can be one or both of the following:


The athlete must “full clear”. (Complete all obstacles in the event) in order to progress to the next event.

Top X

The athlete must be in the top X of athletes. Where X could mean top percentage of athletes or top number of athletes depending on the condition set by the competition.

Combining Advancement Procedures

It’s possible to combine advancement procedures using AND/OR. Let’s look at a few examples.

In each of the examples we use a hypothetical advancement procedure from Stage 1 to Stage 2 at our Tier 1 Championship. Stage 1 and Stage 2 are names we give to two of the Flow Course events at our championship.


Evaluated EventsScoringConditionClosed Event
Stage 1(Flow Course)IndividualClear AND in the top 45%Stage 2(Flow Course)

In this scenario athletes must clear Stage 1’s course and remain in the top 45% of athletes in order to advance to the closed Stage 2 event.


Evaluated EventsScoringConditionClosed Event
Stage 1IndividualClear OR in the top 45%Stage 2

In this scenario athletes can advance to Stage 2 by either clearing the clearing Stage 1 or remaining in the top 45% of athletes. Meeting either criteria would qualify the athlete to Stage 2.


It’s worth mentioning these are hypothetical scenarios and specific advancement procedures for our Tier 1 Championship can be found on our Tier 1 multi-event form.

Additionally, the Champions scoring evaluates the furthest progress an athlete makes across multiple Flow Courses before they fail to complete an obstacle. Athletes can fail to complete an obstacle and still advance to later courses to continue their Course Overall and Strongest Ninja Scoring. However, their Champions Scoring ends at their first failed obstacle.


That concludes this section of your training. You should now be familiar with how multi-event competitions are scored and run.