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General Information

DATE: Friday, July 9, 2021

SITE: Nebraska Ninja, 8335 Cody Dr., Lincoln, NE View Map


Check-in – 3 p.m.
Races starts – 4 p.m. sharp

Team Course:
To follow individual course.

Note: Doors to Nebraska Ninja will open at 3 pm for competitor check-in and Warm-up to begin. 4 pm will be the start in the following order. It is a rolling start, so please be aware of time frame for your warm-up.

There is a designated athlete warm-up area/room for athlete bags that will be marked on competition day. Reminder NO athletes allowed to warm-up on the course on competition day. Athletes allowed one person on their sideline during competing.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to all members of the top three teams in each division. Participation medals will be awarded to all family course finishers. Awards will be given out as soon as possible after the end of each race event. It will take some time tally results.

Age determined as of August 1, 2021

Any Adult (16 or older) may compete in Pro Class or Amateur class, but, MUST compete in PRO if athlete in the last THREE years has been to Las Vegas on ANW, been in the Top 10 Pro class at UNAA Finals, NNL Finals, Rockford Ninja Finals or WolfPack Ninja Tour Finals. If you meet any ONE of these requirements you are considered PRO.

Amateur to Pro – If you were an Amateur in UNAA and made Top 5 at the UNAA World Finals, you must now compete as a PRO.


Male and Female divisions available in each of the following age groups/divisions:
9 & Under
11 & Under
13 & Under
15 & Under
(16+ now go to Adult classes)
Amateur Men
Amateur Women
Pro Men
Pro Women
Over 40 Men
Over 40 Women

13 and Under Team – Age 13 and under, any gender, NO PROs
Amateur Team – any age, any gender, NO PROs
PRO – any age, any gender

*Athletes are able to compete in Individual AND Team

Competition Format and Gear

Competition Format

The Cornhusker State Games Ninja Challenge is a American Ninja Warrior Style Obstacles with obstacles similar to the show including a buzzer to hit if you should defeat the course. Participants won’t know exactly what the course will be until the day of event just like the athletes on the show!

The course is designed by American Ninja Warrior Veteran athletes for the best ninja experience possible.

Length of course will be up to 10 obstacles including warped walls (two wall heights for age groups).

Course has a time limit of 3:30 min to complete for all ages.

Once an obstacle has been attempted, one additional attempt may be taken. This “retry” may only be used once during an athlete’s course run. The athletes run will be completed upon failed obstacle or time expiration.

No chalk may be used on the course at any time.

Upon Completion of course, athlete must immediately depart course area in preparation for next athlete.

One Person may be allowed on the sideline of the competitor while they are running the course, but in no way assisting the competitor or risk disqualification.

Competitors may not warm-up on the course on competition day, nor touch the course in any way and can risk disqualification.

Directors have the right to disqualify teams at any time, for not following the course rules, not following verbal instructions from volunteers, and for disrespectful treatment of other competitors or volunteers.

All participating athletes must bring their receipts to the competition to verify membership to the UNAA. The UNAA membership list will be updated online each week. By signing the waiver, you are officially a UNAA member, the UNAA Membership cost is free for every SGA athlete participant and included with their athlete entry fee. Existing UNAA members DO NOT get a discount for entry fee.


All athletes will be required to bring the following gear. Gear check will take place sometime at check-in. Participants without the mandatory equipment are subject to disqualification.

Mandatory Equipment:
Sneakers with no cleated or spiked bottoms. Shoes will be checked prior to course use for safety.

Recommended Equipment:
Shoes with good grip that lace.

Roster Info


Teams can make roster updates online.

The deadline to make roster updates is 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 6. Rosters are considered FINAL after that date.

Teams that register online are able to login and make roster substitutions free of charge. Teams that register via the paper entry form will be charged a $10 processing fee to substitute players. Teams are strongly encouraged to register online to eliminate any roster change fees.

NOTES: If registering online, the minimum roster size (based on division) must be entered to advance to check-out. Rosters WILL be checked during tournament. Please make sure your roster is current prior to the July 6 deadline.

WAIVER: The waiver form must be signed by each team member, or by parent/guardian if the participant is 18 years or younger. If the team is registered online, and the online waiver for each player is clicked as ‘Accepted’, no printed/signed waiver is needed. All team waivers must be clicked as ‘Accepted’ or submitted to the Cornhusker State Games office by TUESDAY, JULY 6 to be eligible for competition. Printable waiver forms and further instructions found here.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$53 per participant until July 7
Additional events – $20

*If competing in both Individual and Team, the additional event will cost $20.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2021 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber upgrade available); Sponsor gifts and coupons.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOTE: If registering for a team/doubles event, the participant must still select “Myself” or “Another Participant” (NOT “Team”) on the first step of the registration process.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

Athlete Packets

Athlete packets will be shipped directly to the athlete at no extra charge.  Packets will not be available for in-person pickup. Packets include athlete shirt and one free Arby’s sandwich certificate per person. Athletes will receive their packet prior to competition.

The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Opening Ceremonies

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field, Lincoln!

Admission is FREE!

• Parade of Athletes
• Skydivers
• National Anthem
• Oath of Athletes
• Mascot Showcase
• Super Retriever Series Demo
• Mystery Torchlighter
• Fireworks

The Opening Ceremonies will be televised statewide by News Channel Nebraska.

For more details regarding Opening Ceremonies, please refer to the Opening Ceremonies web page.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Maggi Thorne

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or

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Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

Mailing address: 
Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

Shipping address:
3260 Folkways Blvd Suite B
Lincoln, NE 68504