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The National Axe Throwing Federation, BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Valhalla Indoor Axe Throwing and Urban Axes were recently featured in The Ringer.
Kate Knibbs, the author discusses how the sport is not just for lumberjacks but now a bona fide leisure activity and a burgeoning organized sport.
To read the full article click here.
Welcome Mazhu Axes to the NATF, The National Axe Throwing Federation! Our newest member hails from Bustletown in Northeast Philly, and will join 4 other organizations in the Keystone State. Mazhu will be rostering leagues soon!
The 2018 Regionals in Lethbridge, Alberta was recently featured on Global News. In addition to the annual National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC), the NATF's 4,500 registered players are also eligible to participate in Regional Tournaments held in October ever year. Regional Tournaments provide an opportunity to compete for prize money, as well as early seeding to qualify for placement in the NATC.
This year's tournament was held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 across 8 Competitive Regions. All NATF league members are welcome to participate.
Global News highlighted the event by stating "Dozens of the most talented aze throwers in Western Canada were in Lethbridge over the weekend. They were looking to chuck their way into a national championship."
Read the full article here.
Congratulations to our Champions from 2018 Regionals for securing their spot in Round 1 of the NATC! Thanks to all of our host venues, and everyone who traveled and competed to make this our biggest day of Regional competition yet!
North Central - Curtis Lafleche (Northern Axperts - North Bay)
Central - Nickolas Johnston (BATL - Kitchener)
Southeast - Matt Muti (Axe Club of America - Charlotte)
Greater Toronto - Julio Romero (BATL - Yorkdale)
East - Stefan Cavacciuti (BATL - Ottawa)
Southwest - James Gregg (Urban Axes - Austin)
West - Winner: Tanner Kenny (True North Axe Throwing - Lethbridge) who, although finishing second behind Straun Riley (BATL - Calgary), takes the spot in round 1 of the NATC since Straun has already claimed his place in this year’s NATC as defending champion and cannot qualify a second time.
To learn more on how to qualify for #NATC2019 visit goo.gl/vHw8QD
Welcome AXT to the NATF! Axt Axe Throwing will soon be rostering its first league season in Orange County California, and join LA AX representing The Golden State in the NATF’s Southwest Region!
The time has come! Get ready for the NATF’s 2018 Regionals weekend. Selected member organizations will host local tournaments across our 8 Regions on Sunday, 14 October.
All NATF league members are welcome to participate in their respective Region. The Champion of each tournament will win early qualification for Round 1 to this year’s NATC, and a cash prize.
To sign up and for full details visit www.nationalaxe.com/regionals-registration/
#NATF #AxeThrowing #NATC2019
Congratulations to Peterborough Axe Club for being voted the Reader’s Choice Award Favourite New Business in Peterborough, Ontario by the readers of The Peterborough Examiner!
Welcome Axe Factor Singapore to the National Axe Throwing Federation! Axe Factor will soon be opening their doors in Singapore, and joining Australia, Thailand and South Korea in the NATF’s Pacific Region!
Attention! Join NATF Member Choppers Hatchet House in Cherry Hill, NJ for their first-ever Skills Competition taking place Saturday 27 October, followed by an Open Double Elimination Tournament on 28 October, during The Choptober Challenge weekend!
Registration opens 14 September. Don’t miss your chance to win part of the $7,500 prize pool! choppershh.com/choptober.html
The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) and member, Urban Axes was featured in the NBC News Better article by Amanda Loudin on 1 September.
Loudin highlights the history of axe throwing in Canada and the NATF by stating:
"Axe throwing as a sport isn’t new, and in fact might be one of the oldest in existence. What is new, however, is throwing axes in an urban environment, especially in the United States... In Canada and a few other spots in the world, urban axe throwing is booming and according to the National Axe Federation (NATF), participants have thrown nearly 20 million axes to date."
They also discuss the success how Urban Axes was established in Philadelphia, PA. Krista Paton, the owner of Urban Axes was working in "...Toronto in 2013, she attended a party at a local axe throwing facility. “I had an amazing time, felt like I was good enough to compete, and thought that people in the United States needed to experience this,” says Paton.
To learn more about the NATF and axe throwing at Urban Axes you can read the full article here.
California here we come! A very warm welcome to LA AX from The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF). Our newest member will be starting an inaugural league season soon, and offers 30 brand new axe throwing lanes in North Hollywood!
Check out the photos from Summer Skillz in Toronto! Check them out on our website by clicking this link.
The annual competition was a great success, thank you to everyone who cam out to compete and spectate.
The Summer Skillz competition consisted of the following:
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.