Your source for updates about the sport of axe throwing, the NATF and our member organizations.
He’s done it again! Stefan Herda, 2017 NATC Champion and now your 2018 Urban Open Champion, representing the Backyard Axe Throwing League Toronto!
Congratulations also to 2nd & 3rd place finishers Martin Van Os and Aaron Gerrard from BATL Pickering and London, who challenged right to the end.
Thanks to the entire crew at Urban Axes for the exceptional hospitality shown during their grand opening weekend in Baltimore for everyone who came to compete!
Congratulations to Rage Academy for opening your newest location in South Shore Montreal! To get more axe throwing updates from La Belle Province follow @ragerivesud.
Get ready! We’re only a few days away from the Summer Skillz Superslam and Urban Open hosted by Urban Axes! Can’t make it to Baltimore? You can catch all the action from both finals on the live stream at facebook.com/UrbanAxes!
This Saturday 28 July, join us to compete in Skillz events for your chance to win the ‘Clutch’ Jacket prize! Then we take it up a notch during the Urban Open on Sunday 29 July, which is a double elimination tournament with cash prize of $5000, followed by the After Party at the Sandlot.
50% of proceeds will benefit the Highlandtown Community Association, a non-profit charity that works towards improving the Highlandtown neighbourhood.
To learn more visit urbanaxes.com/urbanopen-registration. After Party Tickets includes dinner, 2 drink tickets and a night to remember!
Congratulations to our friends at Riot Axe for winning the Emerging Business award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce! From an acorn grows a mighty … CLUTCH!!!
Happy Anniversary!! Can you believe it’s already been 2 years?
Since launching the NATF in July 2016 we couldn’t be more proud to have welcomed over 4,000 league members from 50 cities and 5 countries to join us in building such an awesome sport.
In addition to all the new faces that we’ve been thrilled to welcome into our community, we’d like to give a special shout-out to our Original 6 founding organizations who saw such potential in working together. Here’s to you Peterborough Axe Club, Urban Axes, Riot Axe, Rage Montreal: Axe Throwing, Timber Lounge HFX and BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.
We’re only just getting started, with plenty of bigger tournaments, more stats on axescores.com and incredible throwing still to come! Our heartfelt thanks to all competitors who have been part of the journey so far. We can’t thank you enough.
The wait is over! We couldn’t be happier to announce that this year’s All-Star Weekend presented by Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. raised a total of $9,766.92 for donation to the Red Door Family Shelter.
The Red Door Family Shelter helps reduce the impact of homelessness by providing a safe and supportive environment to hundreds of children and families each year.
A huge shout out to all of our amazing sponsors for their generous support and for helping to make this year’s National Axe Throwing Championship possible. A special thank you to our title sponsor Beau’s All Natural Brewing and Rob, for your friendship and support throughout the years, we can’t express how important you are to the NATF family.
The National Axe Throwing Federation was recently featured in USA Today, where they state that axe throwing could become the next hot entertainment trend.
The article described the NATF and axe throwing as "... a competitive sport with more than 4,000 leagues in 50 cities across five countries."
Nick LaFace, an administrator for the NATF explained that "the ax-throwing company [BATL] started by Matt Wilson, who is widely considered the founder of the indoor sport. Wilson started the throwing in his Toronto backyard before creating a company and launching competitive leagues... 12 years later, the sport has exploded". Furthermore, Nick believes that "there is something primitive about throwing an ax that is extremely satisfying, especially when you hit a target.”
To read the full article click here.
The National Axe Throwing Federation was recently featured on the National Public Radio (NPR).
The piece discussed the growing trend of axe throwing across North America, as well as featuring the newest NATF member, Fling Milwaukee.
They discussed Fling Milwaukee as "... inside a family recreation center, a place with traditional arcade games. To keep other customers safe from flying hatchets, the hurlers are sectioned off in throwing lanes surrounded by a 16-foot-tall chain link fence"
They continue to discuss the history of axe throwing and it's inception by Matt Wilson in Toronto with the Backyard Axe Throwing League by stating that "indoor ax throwing began more than a decade ago when Canadian Matt Wilson and friends took their favorite outdoor activity inside and started ax-throwing bars in Canada and the U.S. They now run 14 locations named BATL and are opening in more cities soon. Wilson says indoor ax throwing is also becoming popular in Europe."
To listen to the piece and to read the full transcript click here.
Join us for the annual Summer Skillz competition in Toronto on 22 July, 2018 hosted by the Backyard Axe Throwing League (Toronto West).
Sign up to compete in your favorite events including Blackjack, Doubles, Around the World and Yahtzee - and enjoy the Beau's Beer Garden, DJ, carnival games and throw a bullseye on the outdoor patio to get Matt Wilson soaked in the DUNK TANK!! To learn more and to grab your tickets click here.
Matt Wilson, the founder of the sport of urban axe throwing, The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) and the National Axe Throwing Federation was recently featured in the Star Ledger + NJ.com.
The Star Ledger described Matt Wilson as the father of urban axe throwing. Wilson explained that he thins that the sport "...speaks to something very primal in all of us... It's a very visceral activity. It's almost artistic... incredibly satisfying."
To learn more about the history of axe throwing and the expansion of the sport, click here.
NATF member, Maniax Axe Throwing was recently featured on the Broadsheet Melbourne discussing Maniax Axe Throwing's expansion into Melbourne.
The article explains that; "Anyone over the age of 15 years old can axe-throw, and it’s a pleasant surprise when your weapon hits the target board. I got the regular session axe (16 inches), league axe (14 inches) and the functionally named Big axe (comically oversized, two-handed throw only) to stick in t'he board after only a few warm-up tosses. Hitting bullseyes was a far tougher prospect, though."
Furthermore, the staff at Maniax Axe Throwing believe "....that combination – a gentle learning curve and tougher challenges for budding enthusiasts – is exactly why people should be paying attention to Maniax as a serious alternative to bowling or minigolf. Thomas says the activity has already become popular for hen’s and buck’s nights. Axe-throwing at Maniax is essentially just an exaggerated version of dart throwing, but the drama of the build-up to a throw, and the feeling of satisfaction you get when you hear the thud of an axe successfully thrown into the board, gives the sport a serious competitive edge."
To hear the full article, click here.
Our new member, Bounce Milwaukee/Fling Milwaukee was recently featured on Fox6.
The article explains the expansion of axe throwing at Bounce Milwaukee:
"Fling Milwaukee will be a separate offering within the Bounce Milwaukee complex. Our regular prices for our existing attractions (and a few more) haven't changed, but you'll now have the option to add on some rounds of axe-throwing at Fling (see here for pricing), or to reserve a standalone axe-throwing experience or event."
We welcome Bounce Milwaukee to the NATF and to read the full article click here.
Welcome, Bounce Milwaukee, Half Axe and UberWarrior to the National Axe Throwing Federation! Our newest members will expand the NATF in Ontario, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. We couldn’t be happier to have you join us!
The Wilson Cup is on the road! After a recent visit to Detroit Axe and BATL Novi, we plan to continue visiting other member cities across North America (and beyond Detroit) leading up to next year’s NATC.
Stay tuned for more details & for where you can catch the #WilsonCup next!
Stats! Get your stats here! Now you can geek out over even more league stats with the latest update to axescores.com, which includes historical season look-ups, and richer player profiles including for individual throwers across the NATF.
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!