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To follow up on our announcement yesterday regarding the Collins Rating System, we wanted to dive a bit deeper into the algorithm and give some context to the system in order to better explain the reasoning behind some of the rankings moving forward. First, this new system is not a living breathing entity yet. We debated pushing back the entire release until it was fully baked-out on AxeScores, but with a sense of urgency already present around it, we decided to release this list as it fits with the participation of all players' careers thus far up until May 17, 2019...[Learn More]
BATL released the official invites to BATL Royale #1 held at BATL Novi, September 1st, 2019, where we will assemble 64 of world’s the best axe throwers.
Up for grabs will be $10,000 USD in prize money awarded to the top three finishers ($5,000 for 1st, $2,000 for 2nd, and $1,000 for 3rd place), as well as two additional $1,000 prizes for 'Knockout of the Night' and 'Fight of the Night' to be determined by BATL Royale officials.
The lucky competitors have 72 hours to confirm their registration so check your email, check your junk mail, check your AOL messenger and ICQ, be on the lookout for your Golden Ticket!
PLEASE NOTE: Spectator tickets will go on sale at a later date and capacity is limited so these tickets will go fast.
The first wave of registration closes Thursday, May 30th at noon ET before we re-issue any unfilled invitations to next eligible competitors.
Stayed tuned for the official list of competitors COMING SOON.
The NATF is excited to announce a global rating system that more accurately reflects the achievement of all competitive players within our sanctioned leagues and competitions. We're calling this ranking system the Collins Rating System or CRS.
The Collins Rating System is based on a combination of factors, including:
- The algorithm divides each individual match into rounds and then takes into consideration each round won. - In addition, performance in higher pressure scenarios (i.e. regular season play vs playoffs, or the NATC) are weighted more heavily, emphasizing sweeps. - Furthermore, CRS also takes into account an opponent's rank during the match, and assigns more or fewer points accordingly, i.e. awarding fewer to no points for beating a much weaker opponent vs. a greater number of points when winning against someone of an equal or higher rating.
Once live, the CRS will be updating on AxeScores.com each week. For the moment, we've distilled the full list of throwers to a list hosted as of May 17th. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2Mb8plC.
Stay tuned for the living, breathing, fully searchable list to go live in the next few weeks.
This new rating system is also what BATL will use to choose a portion of the top 64 players for the BATL Royale #1 tournament in September. This rating system will not affect the Champions Points system, which will remain in place to determine qualifiers for Round 1 of the NATC.
On Monday, May the 27th the NATF will debut its brand-new, integrated rating system for all players competing in NATF sanctioned leagues and tournaments.
This system will provide ratings for all players and rank each player globally according to that dynamic rating. Those ratings will take into consideration rounds won, opponent's rank, as well as the scope of competition (i.e. regular season vs playoffs vs higher level tournament, etc.)
We're incredibly excited about this new competitive evolution in our sport and can't wait to see it in action this summer.
Save the Dates! Our official 2019 tournament schedule is now live for planning your social calendar around the NATF’s competitive circuit. Stay tuned for individual tournament details!
The NATF is immensely proud to represent a sport that provides an inclusive playing field to everyone. Krista Mackie from Forged Axe Throwing says it best, “it’s already pretty empowering to throw an axe, then you get a bull’s eye and you feel like a friggin’ rock star.” Check out the full article here: http://bit.ly/2H9nnFt.
Strain Riley, the 2x Wilson Cup Champion representing BATL Scottsdale at the 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship at BATL Pickering on Sunday, February 17, 2019. A huge congratulations to J. Romero from BATL Yorkdale for second place and P. Lachance for finishing third from BATL Villiers. To relieve all the action, check out the live stream of the final rounds here.
Congratulations to all finalists and to everyone who competed in another intense day of the highest level of competition.
Competitors from Valhalla Indoor Axe Throwing prepare for the 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) on February 17, 2019.
Their journey was featured on Trib Live where the competitors were featured: "It’s the first time for Palumbi and Blake “Balakay” Gibasiewicz, 27, of White Oak. James “Floki” Saul, 30, of West Newton qualified for the second time, but is unable to make the competition. He will be replaced by Alicia “Freya” Metz, 28, of Hempfield." Saul described the experience as "...very humbling because these guys that you’re up against, they’ve been doing it for years,” Saul said of last year’s competition. “Just watching them throw, their level of skill is something I aspire to.”
Check out the full article here.
The CBC's Brent Bambury interviewed Kate Knibbs from The Ringer to discuss the 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) and the rise of axe throwing as a global sport.
You can listen to the episode here, with the feature on the NATF and the NATC starting at the 24:30 minute mark.
The Peterborough Examiner featured the 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship competitiors from Peterborough Axe Club (PTBO Axe) competiting this Sunday.
They described the weekend to be "the biggest yet for the Peterborough Axe Club with nine of its throwers competing against more than 1,000 of the world's best during the National Axe Throwing Championship in Toronto on Sunday."
The competitiors from Peterborough include Evan Buckles, Matthew Colavecchia, Mike Cowle, Evan Flak, Mark Hoar, Chris Proctor-Bennett, Ken Smith, Peter Szaranski and Matt "Woodchuck" Hawryszko.
Check out the full article here.
Forged Axe Throwing finalists were recently featured in Pique magazine. Brent Kotzen and Krista Mackie are two of the 192-finalists competing at the 2019 NATC on February 17.
To learn about their journey to the NATC view the full article here.
Niagara Falls, Ontario finalists for the 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) from BATL Niagara Falls were featured in Niagara This Week.
The local axe throwers are hoping to hit the mark at the NATC this weekend in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Kyle Little, the General Manager and finalist said: "To be a part of it and to get an opportunity to throw against the top axe throwers in the world is pretty special,” he said. “The three of us have thrown in two different leagues each season for 12 months, always working on our game and pushing one another."
Check out the full article here.
The 2019 National Axe Throwing Championship was recently featured on Toronto.com.
The article discussed the 192 competitors coming to Toronto for the final rounds of the NATC.
"The tournament will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) Toronto East at 33 Villiers St., BATL Toronto North at 153 Bridgeland Ave., and BATL Pickering, where the finals are slated to take place. While the competitors have all earned their slots, there’s still room for spectators to head out and watch a champion get crowned. The winner will earn $10,000 and have their name engraved on the Wilson Cup for posterity."
Check out the full article here.
We’ve managed to secure a special block of additional tickets to the party at Palais Royale on Sunday Feb.18th!
NOTE, these tickets will ONLY get you entry into the party after the awards ceremony, with admission starting at 9 pm once the team at the Palais Royale has had time to clear tables from dinner to allow additional capacity.
A limited number of tickets for late entry to the party starting at 9 pm (dinner not included) at the Palais Royale Ballroom and will go on sale at 5 pm (EST) for $59.99 this Friday, February 8th.
Limit to 2 tickets per person.
Grab yours while you can to join us for the party of the year!
IMPORTANT: THESE TICKETS DO NOT INCLUDE ENTRY FOR DINNER AND THE AWARDS CEREMONY AND ONLY ALLOW ENTRY TO THE PALAIS ROYALE VENUE AFTER 9 PM.
Get Ready 2019 NATC Finalists! Matchups are set for Round 2 of the NATC, taking place on Sunday, February 17 across Toronto.
Check out the Official Bracket and for everything you need to know here: http://bit.ly/NATCBracket
Check out the latest Axe Update video from everybody’s favorite, Red Beard, on the NATF YouTube channel! The Axe Update is your source for the latest news for throwers across the axe throwing community.
Save the Date! Join Urban Axes in Baltimore for their second annual Urban Open on July 27 - 28, 2019! Registration opens May 22: www.urbanaxes.com/urbanopen
Welcome Axes and X’s and Chop Shop KSQ, as our first new NATF members of 2019! You’ll find our newest members hailing from North Carolina and Pennsylvania. We can’t wait to see ya’ll competing soon!
We’re thrilled to announce the largest prize pool ever awarded in a major axe throwing tournament, with $20,000 to be divided among the top 12 finishers.
Your 2019 NATC Champion will be awarded $10,000 and the Wilson Cup! Check out the full prize breakdown: http://bit.ly/2019NATC_PrizePool
Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for making the 2019 All-Star Weekend one for the record books!
Attention 2019 NATC Finalists! The initial list of starting venues for Round 2 of the NATC is now available: http://bit.ly/StartingVenues_2019NATC
Assigned venues are subject to change should any player drop-out prior to the February 1st cut-off date. Should the bracket be adjusted due to re-seeding of replacement participants, then a player's starting venue could change. We will have the finalized list prepared as of 2 February, along with the official competition bracket.