On its first season, there were 24 teams total, each led by a top ninja athlete. Four teams competed in each qualifying episode, with eight team advanced to the finals.
On November 22, 2016, Team Ninja Warrior is renewed for the special edition, which focuses on battle between Universities & Colleges across America (called Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness ). On 2017, Team Ninja Warrior is renewed for the second season .
Each team has a captain, and consists of two male competitors and a female competitor.
Each episode, four teams will race through a course. There are three rounds on each episode.
In the first round, there are two matches with two teams facing each other. Each match will have three heats, where two competitors will race side-by-side on a series of obstacles. The order that the competitors run is the choice of the captains, with the ladies required to face other in the same heat. The first two heats are worth 1 point, and the third heat, also known as the anchor run, is worth 2 points. The team with the most points wins the match. If there is a tie, a sudden death is run to decide the match, with the competitor running the run decided by the captain.
In the second round (the Knockout Round), the winners of one match face the losers of the other match, with the same format as the first round. The winners of the match will move on to the Relay Showdown, while the losers are eliminated from the competition.
In the final round, the two winners of the Knockout Round will face each other in a relay run on an extended course. Each competitor must run on the course, and each competitor will face three obstacles each. The order of the competitors is the choice of the captains. If a competitor fails on any obstacle, there will be a ten seconds penalty to the next competitor on the team, starting the moment the opposing competitor is tagged. If two competitors from each team fail on the same obstacle, the next competitor from each team will automatically run the obstacle (with five seconds countdown). The winner of the relay goes to the finals, and the loser will be eliminated.
Unlike on American Ninja Warrior, competitors were allowed to touch the water on Team Ninja Warrior, as long as competitors didn't lose the grip on the obstacle entirely.
In the two episodes covering the finals, the same format in the qualifying episodes is applied, with a total of eight teams (six Relay Showdown winners from six qualifying episodes and two wildcards, i.e. fastest runner-up on Relay Showdown). On the last episode, the two teams who won the finals' Relay Showdown will move on to the Championship Relay, with the winner will be crowned as the "Team Ninja Warrior Champion".
1. Sonic Swing
2. Log Grip
3. Swing Jump
5. (changes each episode)
- Pole Grasper (Episode 1)
- Bungee Road (Episode 2)
- Floating Steps (Episode 3)
- Flying Shelf Grab (Episode 4)
- Doorknob Arch (Episode 5)
- Modified Ring Toss (Episode 6)
- Spin Cycle (Episode 7 & 8)
6. Warped Wall
Relay Showdown's obstacles (extended course)
9. Tower Climb (25 feet Spider Climb + 15 feet Rope Climb)
|Episode #||Teams||Advanced to Relay Showdown||Relay Showdown Winner/Wildcard|
|1 (Qualifying Round)||G-Force, Storm Team Moravsky, Average JoJo's, Team TNT||Team TNT & Storm Team Moravsky||Team TNT (Winner); Storm Team Moravsky (Wildcard)|
|2 (Qualifying Round)||Towers of Power, Golden Hearts, Team Midoryama, NorCal Ninjas||Team Midoryama & Towers of Power||Team Midoryama|
|3 (Qualifying Round)||Team Alpha, ExpendaBulls, Stratis Faction, Tré Amigoz||The ExpendaBulls & Stratis Faction||The ExpendaBulls (Winner); Stratis Faction (Wildcard)|
|4 (Qualifying Round)||Team Ronin, Think Tank, Karsonic Boom, Wild Bunch||Team Ronin & Think Tank||Team Ronin|
|5 (Qualifying Round)||Iron Grip, Ninja Brittens, Lab Rats, Elet-Trikz||Lab Rats & Iron Grip||Lab Rats|
|6 (Qualifying Round)||Party Time, Real Life Beasts, InvincAbels, Rahnaways||Real Life Beasts & Party Time||Party Time|
|7 (Finals)||Team TNT, Team Midoryama, Stratis Faction, Team Ronin||Stratis Faction & Team TNT||Team TNT|
|8 (Finals)||ExpendaBulls, Party Time, Lab Rats, Storm Team Moravsky||Lab Rats & Party Time||Party Time|
|8 (Championship Relay)||Team TNT & Party Time||Party Time|
|Team Ninja Warrior Champion: Party Time|