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Sunday, January 30, 2022


Ninja U
5911 University Ave #350
Cedar Falls, IA 50613



8:00 am – 8:00 pm (or until competition is over)


Scott Behrends & Jacob Pauli
Gym: 319-224-0836



2022 State Games of America
Qualifying Event

2022 State Games of America

All Iowans are eligible to participate!

Competition Format

This event is hosted by Ninja U in Cedar Falls and sanctioned by UNAA. Athletes won’t know exactly what the course will be until the day of the event. The course is designed by Ninja U course designers and veteran athletes in line with the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA) for the best ninja experience possible.

Each contestant will get to run a course with 10-15 obstacles and you get one retry if you fail on a given obstacle. Each obstacle you complete gives you one point and the retry also counts as a point so if you don’t use it you get the bonus point. Whoever gets the most points in the fastest time wins!

Our goal is to make this SAFE & FUN! We have many people traveling to Cedar Falls from other states & gyms. Plan to socially distance from other families & competitors while in the gym. We ask that everyone wear a mask while in the gym. Competitors may remove their mask when running the course only. The warm up area can only be used by the 5 athletes next to run.

Please do not come to the gym if you or your child are coughing, sneezing, have a temperature, or are feeling sick. If you have been around someone who is COVID-19 positive we also ask that you stay home. If you have underlying health conditions or are 60+ years old, we encourage you to stay home.

Everyone must use hand sanitizer when entering the building. Liquid chalk is recommended for competitor use due to it’s high alcohol content for sanitizing. We will be selling small bottles of liquid chalk for $6 or large bottles for $18.

The course walk-through will be a video instead of in person. We will share videos with everyone the night before the competition via email.

The day will start with the youngest age group first, then on up from there.

Specific start times for each age group are posted in the schedule tab. Schedules are subject to change.


Open Gym
Participants may attend open gym on the day before (Saturday) anytime between 10-2pm for $12 admission. (No open gym appointments are necessary! Just have your Ninja\U waiver done & come on in!) We will be closing at 2pm on Saturday to begin cleaning & set up for the competition.




UNAA rules are followed: Click here for complete set of rules

Age Determining Date

January 1, 2022


Athletes will receive a colored T-shirt for their entry fee. 


Medals sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each age division.


Based on age as of January 1, 2022
7 and Under Boys
7 and Under Girls
9 and Under Boys
9 and Under Girls
11 and Under Boys
11 and Under Girls
13 and Under Boys
13 and Under Girls
15 and Under Boys
15 and Under Girls
Amateur Men
Amateur Women
Pro Men
Pro Women
Over 40 Men
Over 40 Women


Tentative Schedule (to be updated with final athlete numbers on Thursday, Jan 27th)

Sunday, January 30th
7U Boys – 8:00am
7U Girls – 9:00am
9U Boys  – 10:00am
9U Girls – 11:00am
11U Boys – 12:00pm 
11U Girls – 1:00pm
13U Boys – 2:00pm
13U Girls – 3:00pm
15U Boys & Girls – 4:00pm
Amateur – 5:00pm
40+ – 6:00pm
Pros  – 7:00pm

Registration Deadline

Event Fees*
$55 for all competitors (includes $10 that goes to UNAA)
$60 after January 16th
$65 after January 23rd

*Prices do not reflect processing fees.
Registration includes an Iowa Games shirt. Size requests will be emailed out as the event gets closer.

Registration ends at midnight on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022. There will be no refunds.

Cost is $5 at the door. Each competing ninja may have a minimal # of spectators – preferably only immediate family. They may only be in the building during their ninja’s wave of kids – socially distanced from other families please. After the awards for that group, we ask that everyone leave to make room for the next group of ninjas & parents. Spectators must wear a mask and sign a waiver. It is best to do this ahead of time. The waiver can be found here: Young kids spectating may play in our Little Ninjas area.

Can’t attend? We will livestream the competition on Facebook. Like & Follow NinjaUGym for a post with the link as each age group begins.


Two waivers must be signed!

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