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.
|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.
|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|
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.
|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.|