Your source for updates about the sport of axe throwing, the NATF and our member organizations.
Matt Wilson, the The National Axe Throwing Federation commissioner was recently featured in The Red Bulletin.
"From its humble beginnings in a backyard in Toronto, an amateur sports league that pairs axe throwing and alcohol has ballooned into a successful chain of locations across North America."
The article discussed the origins of the sport of urban axe throwing, the foundation of BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League (an NATF Member) and the growth of the global sport.
To read the full article click here.
Save the date! It’s time to start polishing your skills for this year’s Summer Skillz tournament in Toronto! Join us on 22 July at BATL’s Toronto West location to compete in Around the World, Backjack, Doubles and Yahtzee skillz events.
Stay tuned for more details!
Attention all road trippers!
Join NATF Member Urban Axes in Baltimore for their first-ever Summer Skills Superslam taking place on 28 July, followed by a double elimination tournament on 29 July. urbanaxes.com/UrbanOpen
Registration opens 23 May at 10am EDT for all NATF throwers. To register click here.
Summer Skills Superslam – Saturday July 28th
The Backyard Axe Throwing League was recently featured on The Nashville Ledger and how the fast-growing Canadian export of axe throwing found home in Music City.
"Located in a former Nashville Auto Diesel College outbuilding at the corner of Douglas Avenue and Gallatin Pike in East Nashville, BATL, or Backyard Axe Throwing League, provides the opportunity to hang out, grab some food and a drink – and hurl axes at targets with friends, coworkers or even in league play."
The article also mentions the National Axe Throwing Federation, "... The expansion into Nashville is an exciting development for Wilson, who says that BATL, along with the National Axe Federation (NATF), which created a standard rule system for play and competition and has more than 3,000 league members in more than 50 cities and five countries, is finding a welcome home in many communities in the lower 48."
To read the full article click here.
It's never too early to start planning! To better support expanded competition, we've made a few changes to the qualification process for the 2018 - 2019 NATC. These changes are designed to strike a balance between the growth of the sport, player freedom and fairness, and can be found at the link below.
All existing league members, it is important to stay up-to-date on these changes as they pertain to the entire 2018 league year and could impact how you decide what leagues to participate in. Let the countdown to #NATC2019 begin!
NATF member Rage Axe Throwing Center in Montreal was recently featured on the CBC.
A regular at Rage Axe was featured in the article, "Max Machado owns two axes: a hatchet and a big axe. But they're not for chopping wood — they're for throwing at indoor targets.
He's one of 16 Montrealers who spends his free time at Rage: Axe Throwing Montreal, with axes in tow, to participate in the venue's axe throwing league for eight weeks."
Nick LaFace, from the NATF explained that "axe throwing's popularity has grown steadily in the last four years... 250 axe throwing leagues running among NATF member venues..."
CityNews recently named our 2018 NATC champion, Straun Riley from BATL Pickering the Athlete of the Week.
"Straun Riley is ranked #1 by the national axe-throwing federation. The 26-year-old only started axe throwing three years ago, and is our athlete of the week!"
To watch the full segment click here.
Get ready Detroit! The countdown begins. Starting 1 month from today, on Friday 4 May, the newest BATL location will open with FREE axe throwing during our public open houses in the City of Novi each weekend throughout May.
In addition, their online booking calendar is now live for private events starting Thursday 17 May, and they are now accepting sign-ups for leagues this summer.
Email email@example.com to get on our mailing list for further updates, or view full location details here: batlgrounds.com/axe-throwing-novi/
A sweet welcome to Meduseld Meadery as the NATF's newest member organization! Located in the heart of Lancaster, PA, they brew mead on-site in conjunction with soon running NATF sanctioned axe throwing leagues. What is Mead you ask? Visit their site to find out! meduseldmeadery.com
BATL is excited to announce an additional 3 venues opening up in the United States this coming Fall 2018. Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston, Texas; and Madison, Wisconsin will all soon be able to Join the BATL!
All new Backyard Axe Throwing League venues will offer everything that our other 13 locations have become known for. This includes private event bookings for groups of 2 and up (perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building events, and much more), in addition to our public walk-in sessions and weekly league play under the our umbrella.
You want stats? With over 13 million throws now tracked, we’re just getting started.
Check out some of the top records from across all NATF leagues now available at axescores.com/stats/records.
Our global NATF members are expanding! Congratulations to Urban Axes with their expansion into Durham, North Carolina this summer, Maiax Axe Throwing with their second location opening this March in Melbourne, Australia, and to Axe Nation with their second venue opening in Warsaw, the capital of Poland!
Welcome ABQ Ax to the NATF! Located in the heart of Albuquerque, they opened in November, with their first leagues starting soon. We can’t wait to have the crew from New Mexico out to compete in NATC 2019!
A big shout out to our champions, competitors and spectators who traveled to Toronto for this year’s All-Star Weekend! We had visitors from Austin, Boston, Calgary, Detroit, Montreal, Nashville, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Philly, Raleigh … well, you get the idea.
For those who couldn’t make it out, thanks to all 45,000 of you who tuned-in to our Live Stream! Here's to building a sport, and a community together.
NATF member PTBO Axe Club was recently featured in Kawartha Now. The article stated that the they are "..sending six players to participate in the final round of the National Axe Throwing Championships on Sunday, February 18th in Toronto." The league throwers representing the axe throwing venue include; Evan Flak, Ken Smith, Chris Proctor-Bennett, Jamie “The Rooster” de Haan, Mark Hoar, and Phoenix Parkin. They participated in the tournament, which pits the top 128 throwers against each other in a double elimination playoff bracket.
To read the full article click here.
www.cherrystbbq.comA massive thank-you to our incredible sponsors for making this year’s NATC possible!
To Rob and the team at Beau's, your support as title sponsor for the 2nd year in a row has allowed us to reach new levels.
Thanks to RBC Foundation for their involvement this year to support our connection to the Red Door Family Shelter. To Cherry St. BBQ, Sailor Jerry, Woodhouse Beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jameson Whiskey - thank you for the generous donations of delicious food and drinks.
To our friends at The Dock Ellis, thanks always for your unwavering support, and the crew at Fresh Ink Apparel for donating our weekend apparel.
Last but definitely not least, thank you to our friends at FirePower Capital, MNP, Fogler Rubinoff and Gardiner Roberts for being there for us, and sharing in our passion for the sport.
Catch it live! Watch the final rounds of the National Axe Throwing Championships live this Sunday when the top 128 throwers from the NATF compete for the Wilson Cup!
The live stream starts at 2:30pm ET on our FB Page, so be sure to like our page to get an instant notification once the footage starts! facebook.com/nationalaxe/
To see all real-time updates on matchups and scores during the NATC visit axescores.com and to watch the final rounds live click here https://goo.gl/FnQtuZ.
For those of you who dream of owning some axe gear from the NATF and other member organizations, you’re in luck! Check out the merch table on Feb 18 at BATL Toronto East to pick something up for $20 a shirt!
All proceeds from these merch sales will be donated to our chosen charity, the Red Door Family Shelter.
To learn about the work done by Red Door Family Shelter visit https://www.reddoorshelter.ca/.
The NATF and our members were recently featured on CBS Philly, where they stated that "Seventeen Philadelphia residents, who are regulars at Urban Axes in Kensington, will be taking part in the National Axe Throwing Championship this Sunday in Toronto."
They talked about the strength and support of the event, by quoting Gelatko and Rigger from Urban Axes that said that one of the special things about this tournament is even though there is only one winner, everyone roots each other on and supports each other.
To read the full article click here and to learn more about the NATC and the All-Star Weekend click here.
Big news! We just spoke to the Palais Royale Ballroom and now have 20 more seats available for Axe Prom on Monday, February 19. Don't miss this chance to be rocking out with over 300 of your closest friends! Tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 11 at 12:00pm sharp! (Eastern Time)
Axe Prom tickets include 2 free drink tickets, and weekend proceeds will be donated to the amazing Red Door Family Shelter. Winter Skillz is completely sold out, and is going to be one hell of a competition with over 180 throwers participating!
Buy tickets for Axe Prom online here.