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American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge is a contest, which was announced on American Ninja Warrior 8. Just like the name applies, fans will create an obstacle and submit it to the ANWNation website. It then will be modified and be used in one of the courses on the next season. It can be either used during the city qualifiers, city finals, or Las Vegas national finals. Here are some of the rules on how to submit an obstacle:

  • Firstly, they must upload a photo of the obstacle that will be submitted.
  • Secondly, they must type down the title of the obstacle.
  • Thirdly, they must type the description and rules on how to attempt the obstacle.
  • Finally, they must upload a submission video about the obstacle.


For the obstacle itself, here are some of the rules:

  • The obstacle must be at most in 10 feet in height, 8 feet in width, and 24 feet in length.
  • The obstacle cannot be automated (using motors to drive the obstacle). Examples of automated obstacle:
  • The obstacle must accommodate competitors' height (5 feet to 7 feet) and weight (85 lbs to 250 lbs).


The winning designer of the obstacle will have an opportunity to go see the obstacle they created come to life up close and personal in an American Ninja Warrior course.

American Ninja Warrior 9

With the introduction of the contest last season, the winning obstacles were used on American Ninja Warrior 9. There were eight obstacles, which were submitted from the fans, and were used on this season. Four of them were firstly used during city qualifiers round, three of them were firstly used during city finals round (the back half part of the courses), and one obstacle was firstly used during Las Vegas national finals.

Among the 8 obstacles on this list below, 4 of them (the Battering Ram, Sky Hooks, Wingnuts, and Iron Maiden) would make their first SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international appearance on Australian Ninja Warrior 2.

Obstacle Position Course Debut Designer Notes
Battering Ram 5th Los Angeles qualifiers Luke Pereira Firstly introduced during Celebrity Ninja Warrior: Red Nose Day. The name of its designer was not revealed upon broadcast, and was found due to external information.
Sky Hooks 4th San Antonio qualifiers Benjamin Tan Benjamin Tan is the youngest winner of the contest (7 years old).
Wingnuts 3rd Daytona Beach qualifiers Kevin Carbone Kevin Carbone became one of the competitors in Daytona Beach, and beat his own obstacle creation (during Daytona Beach qualifiers and finals). Modified as the Wingnut Alley in Stage Two.
Crank It Up 4th Kansas City qualifiers Kevin Brekke Kevin Brekke was then hired to become a professional obstacle designer on ATS (the company that builds the obstacles presented on the show).
Iron Maiden 9th Kansas City finals Brett Sims
Nail Clipper 8th Cleveland finals Calvin Boyce Appeared again in Stage Three.
Ninjago Roll 9th Denver finals Josephine Starr Stevenson Served to promote The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
Double Dipper 3rd Las Vegas national finals (Stage One) Hannah Willie Doubled variant of the Big Dipper. Appeared in SASUKE 35 as the Dragon Glider. Credited as "Hannah W." during the broadcast.

American Ninja Warrior 10

For the second year, the Obstacle Design Challenge was announced on American Ninja Warrior 9. Just like last year, fans would create an obstacle and must submit it to the ANWNation website. The winning obstacles would set to debut on American Ninja Warrior 10.

Obstacle Position Course Debut Designer Notes
Slippery Summit 5th Miami qualifiers Ciaran Gault
Fallout 9th Dallas finals Jake Clark Served to promote Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Déjà Vu 3rd Las Vegas national finals (Stage Two) Kevin Carbone

Carbone won the same contest on the previous season by designing the Wingnuts.

American Ninja Warrior 11

For the third year, the Obstacle Design Challenge was announced on American Ninja Warrior 10. Just like last year, fans would create an obstacle and must submit it to the ANWNation website. The winning obstacles would set to debut on American Ninja Warrior 11.

Obstacle Position Course Debut Designer Notes
Walk the Plank 2nd Los Angeles qualifiers Jeff Thompson
Coconut Climb 5th Oklahoma City qualifiers Till Ebener Till Ebener has competed on Ninja Warrior Germany three times.
Barrel Roll 3rd Seattle-Tacoma qualifiers Tyler Rizzo
Slingshot 5th Cincinnati qualifiers Kevin Carbone
Slam Dunk 8th Cincinnati finals Kevin McCormack
Iron Summit 2nd Las Vegas national finals (Stage Three) Brett Sims Modified from his own obstacle, the Iron Maiden.

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