NoVa Ninja Youth League

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Be a part of the best Youth Ninja Team! Sign Your Kids Up NOW to:

  • Compete alongside 2-Time American Ninja Warrior competitor Casey Passafaro
  • Be Coached twice a week by professional ninjas, competitive climbers, fitness experts, and obstacle course champions
  • Travel to competitions as a team, compete as a team, win as a team!
  • Included Access to NoVa Ninja Night Obstacle Courses & Open Gyms


Team NoVa Ninja’s Mission

Team NoVa Ninja is committed to getting youth involved in lifelong health & fitness through Youth Ninja Training. Ninja Training is exciting multisport training inspired by American Ninja Warrior, Sasuke, Spartan Race, and many other other incredible obstacle course races / leagues. Team NoVa Ninja’s Training and Competitions provide: health benefits; instill life skills such as: self-reliance, creative problem solving, discipline, self-awareness, learning through trial-and-error, learning through instructions; mentorship; and helps create lifelong friendships.

About Team NoVa Ninja

NoVa Ninja Youth Competition Teams are about more than just recreational or competitive ninja obstacles and races!

Being a part of Team NoVa Ninja helps to teach responsibility, accountability, and a healthy lifestyle. Ninja Team Athletes learn that when you devote the time and energy in the right ways you can accomplish amazing feats. NoVa Ninja’s coaches will always keep individual goals of the athletes in mind and work to challenge each child to new limits while maintaining safety and having fun.

Team NoVa Ninja provides an enriching and attentive environment for young athletes. We keep an awesome ratio of one (1) to six (6) Ninja Coach to Ninja Athlete at all times! This ensures all athletes are getting the attention they need to develop mentally and physically.

All Ninja Athletes are expected to be exemplary members of the gym and their household; Going above and beyond to succeed isn’t a switch to simply turn on-and-off!

Team NoVa Ninja Youth League Coaches

Casey Passafaro

Casey Passafaro

Owner / Head Ninja Coach
Casey's Bio

  • NBC’s American Ninja Warrior Season 8 & 9 Competitor
  • CMT’s Broken Skull Challenge – 2016
  • Competitive Obstacle Course Racing
  • CrossFit Level 1 certified, CPR/AED certified, and a board certified Nurse Practitioner.

Dustin Ziska

Dustin Ziska

Course-setter / Ninja Coach
Dustin's Bio

Coach Dustin is our resident Adult/Teen Ninja Night coach.  He is an experienced ninja himself and an expert course setter.  He’s placed 1st in “Goliathon,” and was awarded the coveted “David” status which only a handful of people in the country have achieved.

He enjoys training new ninja athletes just as much as experienced veterans. He looks to compete on American Ninja Warrior and consistently trains for the opportunity year round!

Leanna Lockhart

Leanna Lockhart

Competitive Youth Ninja Coach
Leanna's Bio

Coach Leanna has loved challenging herself with obstacles for as long as she can remember. She has been rock climbing since 2004, beginning with an indoor youth climbing team. Her love of the sport continued through college and beyond; today, Leanna frequents the indoor climbing gym many days a week, loves to climb outdoors, and attends competitions a few times a year. She loves the competitive side of climbing, even reaching the World Cup level!
Leanna has followed Ninja Warrior competitions since they have been around, stemming from her interest with rock climbing. After enjoying many years coaching youth climbing teams, Leanna is enthusiastic about being a Youth Ninja Warrior Coach with NoVa Ninja. Leanna enjoys helping children grow into strong, young athletes in a fun, positive, and safe environment.
Leanna is excited to begin competing in local competitions – it is a dream of hers to be televised on American Ninja Warrior!

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