UNAA Rules for the 2016-2017 Season

This guide helps summarize UNAA rules and guidelines so that UNAA Gyms and members have an easier time knowing the key points to being in the UNAA!


Youth Area Qualifier for the ages of 10-13 and ages 14-17.   Age is determined by what age they will be by July 22 (Finals)   They are allowed to move up in age group if they so choose if they are the appropriate age in 2017.  

Here is how it will work:    

Regional Qualifying gyms will have Two Stages for Youth competitions.   Those that qualified in an Area Qualifier will be able to Skip Stage One and advance directly to Stage Two.   Those that have not previously qualified will be required to qualify on Stage One before moving on to Stage Two at the Regionals.    For any youth to qualify in an Area or Regional they must take top 5 or 50% in their class.   This will ONLY apply to Youth classes.  

Area Qualifiers

-Participants must be UNAA members to qualify for Regionals.

Adult League: 18 years old +

Youth League: 14-17 years old

Kids League: 10-13 years old

-Courses will range from 7-15 obstacles consisting of “standard” and “non-standard” obstacles. Each gym’s course will be determined by the organizing gym.

-Each obstacle within a course must have it’s beginning and end clearly defined.

-At the beginning of each Qualifier gyms will need to provide a demonstration, or walk through, of each obstacle and the course as a whole.

-Three judges will govern the competition:

-Head Judge: responsible for ensuring completion of each obstacle according to the rules

-Time Keepers (2): responsible for the accurate recording of time.

-Gym Personnel (owners, and employees) are allowed to compete in UNAA Area qualifiers at their own gym but cannot qualify for a UNAA Regional at their own gym. They will have to go another UNAA Regional in order to qualify. Any personnel competing in their own Area Qualifier must run first in their own competition. In order to qualify, personnel must place within the qualifying field. Meaning their time must be greater than that of the last person to qualify, however they will not take a spot from any other qualified athlete, but will be added to the list. (E.G. 10 athletes qualify with the slowest time (10th place) being 2 minutes. If 3 Personnel from the gym qualify under that 2 minutes, they do not take the place of any of the top 10, but instead are added to the list. So in this case, 13 would actually qualify.) Any personnel competing CANNOT have any involvement in the design or testing of the UNAA course. The course is to NOT BE revealed before the course walk-through. Note: The reason we allow Personnel to compete is because we know some gyms are in very rural areas, and it can be long distances away from any other Area Qualifier, so we do not want to discourage personnel from being a part of the UNAA.

-Final Times are recorded by the Best Score. Explanation: Two judges will be deemed timers and one judge will be responsible for ensuring the competitors completes the obstacles in accordance to the rules established in the course walk-through. Once a competitor completes an obstacle, the course judge informs the timing judge. One judge will then mark that time down and continue to do so for every obstacle completed by the competitor. The other timer is there to ensure accuracy. If a competitor fails twice, their last completed obstacle and time of completion will be their official score.

-A failure occurs when without doubt a Judge can say the athlete had no chance to complete an obstacle within the confine of the rules, or the athlete violates the established rules of the course.

-Head Judges may pause a run at anytime for the following reasons; Medical Emergency, Equipment malfunction, Course Malfunction. Judges are allowed to subtract any unnecessary time from the athletes run for aforementioned reasons.

-Officials will have the right to make a Judgment call at any time on the course if they deem it an unfair OR improper method to complete an obstacle. This is the “ask or accept the risk” rule. (Ask if its acceptable or risk being called when you do it.)

-Competitors will have one reattempt per course. This reattempt goes into effect if an obstacle is failed, the reattempt will be on the obstacle that was failed.

Qualifying Rules: Areas

-20 athletes will advance from each Area Qualifier.

-No more than 50% of a class can advance. (ex. 11 participants only 5 can advance).

-Each class is allotted 10 slots at Areas (ex: 10 men and 10 women) “the 50% rule”.

-However, if there isn’t enough participation in a class to award all 10 slots. Unused slots go to the other class. Assuming this will not violate the 50% rule, if it does, the slots go unassigned.

Qualifying Rules: Regionals

-Athletes are required to have previously qualified at an official UNAA Area Qualifier.

-10 athletes will advance from Regionals.

-No more than 50% of a class can advance. (ex. 11 participants only 5 can advance).

-Each class is allotted 5 slots at Regionals (ex: 5 men and 5 women).

-However, if there isn’t enough participation in a class to award all 5 slots. Unused slots go to the other class. Assuming this will not violate the 50% rule, if it does, the slots go unassigned.

General Course Rules:

-Courses must contain at least 3 upper body and 3 lower body obstacles.

-Both Regionals and Areas qualifiers will be ONE course compiled of 7-15 obstacles.

-Max times can be set. This will be determined at the beginning of the competition.

-Inadvertent collisions with safety material or other obstructions within the course can be forgiven, however this decision remains with the Head Judge.

-Supporting Structure of obstacles may not be used at any time. This is defined by the Head Judge. Some examples of support structure are, chains supporting grips, material holding obstacle together, Eye-bolts holding grips to chains, or anything else that would be considered NOT part of an obstacle.

“Topping” is not allowed. Topping is using the flat surface above a grip in order to bypass the intended use of the grip. Some grips are exceptions to this rule (cannonball). This is determined by the Head Judge.

For an in depth description of all the rules please see the UNAA guidebook.

The UNAA reserves the right to change these rules at any time in order to keep the sport safe and fair. Email questions to official.unaa@gmail.com