American Ninja Warrior Tryouts at Venice Beach May 16 & 17

Kiss Windward Plaza goodbye this weekend…  American Ninja Warrior has taken over for the next 5 days.

Tryouts will be open to the public to watch and will take place on May 16, 17 and 18 at Windward Plaza in Venice Beach, CA.

See the American Ninja Warrior FAQ for additional information and restrictions or contact ANW3CASTING@GMAIL.COM

American Ninja Warrior 3 will return this Summer with all-new episodes.  Will this be the year an American has what it takes to conquer the ultimate course and win the ultimate prize, a chance to turn pro with a $500,000 K•SWISS endorsement deal!

Here is the F.A.Q for everything you do and don’t want to know about AN3
Q: What is the American Ninja Warrior competition/series? 

A: American Ninja Warrior is G4’s biggest and most daring “Ninja Warrior” event. We’re searching for an American competitor who can conquer all four stages of the world’s most difficult and diabolical obstacle course at Japan’s Mount Midoriyama.
Q: Where/When will the tryouts for the show be held?

A: Tryouts will be held on May 16th and 17th at Windward Plaza located on Ocean Front Walk at Market St and 17th St, Venice Beach, CA 90291.

Q: What happens after the tryouts?

A: Competitors with the fastest 30 tryout-course run times will move on to the semi-final round on Wednesday, May 18th.

Q: What happens if I make it past the semi-finals?

A: Competitors with the 15 fastest semi-final-course run times will earn a spot in a live-in boot camp in the Los Angeles area. These 15 will then train and compete with one another for a spot in the top 10. Those competitors who make it to the top 10 will travel to Japan to face the legendary Mt. Midoriyama.

To be eligible for boot camp, you must be available and pass additional background screenings/checks and medical and psychological screenings that will be held on May 19th. You must also be available for shooting for approximately 5 days currently scheduled for Monday, May 30th through Friday, June 3rd.

Dates may change at our discretion.

For more information contact ANW3CASTING@GMAIL.COM

Q: Will there be a prize this year?

A: Prize details will be announced shortly. Check back here often.

Q: How old do I have to be to enter the competition?

A: You must be 21 or older on or before May 16th to compete.

Q: Do I have to be a California resident to compete?

A: We welcome competitors from all over the United States.

Q: Do I have to be a United States of America resident/citizen to compete?

A: You must be a United States citizen or legal resident to compete.

Q: Can women enter the competition?

A: The competition is open to both men and women.

Q: Are there any other competition rules or restrictions that I should know about?

A: Yes. More information about the competition can be found in the Official Rules, which we will post in the near future. Check back here often.

Q: Can I sign up in advance to get a guaranteed spot at the tryouts?

A: In the weeks before the competition, American Ninja Warrior Casting will be setting up some appointments for tryout spots. To be considered for an appointment you must submit a video showcasing your amazing skills and/or unique personality or story.

Videos can be submitted online here:

If you have any further question about submitting a video, contact the show’s casting department at ANW3CASTING@GMAIL.COM.

Appointments are not guaranteed and will be made at the discretion of the show’s casting department. Casting decisions are highly subjective and may involve factors other than physical characteristics, including budget parameters and creative needs. G4’s casting decisions are final.

Q: Can I sign up for the tryouts onsite?

A: We will be signing a very limited number of people up on location to run the course on a first-come, first-served basis. The line for registration starts at 7AM. on both May 16th and May 17th.  Per city regulations, you cannot line up before 7AM.

Sign-up spots are VERY limited and just signing up, unfortunately, will not guarantee you a chance to run. We highly recommend you submit a video here:

or contact the show’s casting department at ANW3CASTING@GMAIL.COM to see if you can still get an appointment.

Casting decisions are highly subjective and may involve factors other than physical characteristics, including budget parameters and creative needs. G4’s casting decisions are final.

Q: I’m not an athlete or a freerunner but I love American Ninja Warrior and I want to run the course. Is the competition only open to athletes?

A: Fans, great characters, personalities and non-athletes are welcome too! Anybody with a kick-butt attitude and the skill, or just the will, to back it up.

NOTE: Only you can assess your own athletic abilities, health and physical strength and stamina. You should not undertake, and G4 does not encourage, any acts that you believe will endanger or injure you or anyone else.

Q: How big/high/difficult will the tryouts course be? Will there be repeat obstacles from the last American Ninja Warrior? Will there be obstacles from the Ninja Warrior courses in Japan?

A: We can’t release any details about the course before the tryouts, but we’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed when you see it.

Q:  What should I bring with me to the tryouts?

A: You MUST bring a valid photo ID. In addition, it may be a long, hot and sunny day, so determine what your water, sunscreen and snack needs are and plan accordingly.

Q: Is there a dress code to run the course?

A: There is no official dress code to run the course but here are some suggestions/requirements:

  • Wear comfortable athletic attire and footwear
  • Do not wear any clothing with obvious branding.
  • Do not wear any clothing with obscenities or offensive imagery.
  • It may be a long, hot and sunny day, so plan accordingly.

Q: Can I wear a costume to run the course?

A: You may wear an original costume to run the course. The costume MUST be original. No costumes of famous characters allowed.

Contact the show’s casting department at ANW3CASTING@GMAIL.COM if you have questions about wearing a costume to run the course.

G4 reserves the right to prevent any competitor from running the course in a costume or outfit that we believe is too dangerous, too offensive, or for any other reason we deem appropriate.

Q: Since the finals happen in Japan, do I need to have a current passport to compete?

A: You do not need a valid passport to enter the American Ninja Warrior competition. If you are among the 10 selected to travel to Japan and you do not have a current passport, we will use an expedited service to help obtain a passport.  Anyone who is unable to obtain a passport will be disqualified and another competitor will be selected.

Q: Can anyone come to Japan to watch the Ninja Warrior competitions?

A: No, the Ninja Warrior competitions in Japan are closed to the public.

Q: I don’t want to enter the competition, I just want to watch the runners on the course. Can I be part of the audience? Do I need to get tickets?

A: The area around the competition is free and open to the public for both the tryouts on May 16th and 17th and the semi-final round on May 18th. No advance tickets are needed to attend. We encourage you, your friends and family to come and watch the action. There will be plenty of bleacher seating and numerous spectator viewing areas.

To be a part of the audience, click here to get a free ticket:

Q: Do you have any information about the area where the event is happening? Are there places to stay nearby? And what are the closest airports?

A: For the most comprehensive information about the Venice Beach area, visit these websites: or

There you can find detailed information about travel, accommodations, local dining & entertainment, shopping, arts & culture, and more.

Q: What is the best way to get to the event?

A: There are many transportation options to get to the event including driving, free shuttles, and riding the Los Angeles MTA.

Follow this link to review transportation options:

Q: If I drive my car to the event, where can I park?

A: Venice Beach has numerous paid parking lots as well as metered parking on many of its side streets. The closest lot to the event is located at the end of Venice Boulevard.

Follow these links to view parking information and a parking map of the area and decide which option works best for you:
G4 may postpone or cancel production of American Ninja Warrior for any reason without notice.


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