Your source for updates about the sport of axe throwing, the NATF and our member organizations.
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 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!