The Backyard Axe Throwing League
The Home of Axe Throwing Since 2006

The Home of Axe Throwing

Since Our Backyard Beginnings

We’re BATL, the original Backyard Axe Throwing League.  Our mission is to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots.  We’re immensely proud to have been the first organization in the world to offer an urban venue to experience the thrill of indoor axe throwing in leagues, walk-ins, group parties and team building.

BATL was founded in the backyard of CEO Matt Wilson in 2006.  What started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip soon spread through word of mouth in Toronto, and today nearly 1 million people have experienced the thrill of throwing axes at one of our 13 locations.

The word ‘community’ is used a lot online, but BATL is a community in the most traditional sense of the word.  BATL’s about being good to each other. Our leagues are home to the most amazing, talented and passionate people that you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet.  Thanks to everyone in the BATL Family who’s played a part in making the Backyard Axe Throwing League possible.

As the sport of axe throwing has grown, BATL has played a lead role as a founding member of the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF), together with other of the most premier urban axe throwing organizations worldwide since its inception in 2016.

NATIONAL MEDIA

‘Vikings’ Star Alex Høgh Andersen Shows Off Axe-Throwing Skills
The Backyard Axe Throwing League skills competition
In Toronto, League Attracts Those Who Like to Throw Axes
After Dark with Rick Fox
Ax, Meet Target: Throwing Blades for Sport
TSN Original:  The Buds
Ax-throwing club wants a liquor license
Feeling stressed? Why not try Axe Throwing?
Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun
Dean Brody Axe Throwing
Jay Ingram tries his skills at axe throwing.
The Late O'Clock News
Toronto Axe Throwing League Has Big Plans
Seven Reasons to Visit Toronto Now
Axe-Throwing League Taking Aim in Toronto
The Joy of Axe-Throwing: 'When you hit that bullseye there's no better feeling'
Where Burying the Hatchet Can Gain You Points

View additional media coverage and our most popular celebrity visits.

2006 - 2010: THE BACKYARD

Watch additional video footage from 2006 – 2012.

2011 - 2012: FIRST WAREHOUSE

Sterling Rd. - 2011
Sterling Playoff Finals
Sterling End of Season

2013 - 2014: TORONTO EXPANSION

Summer Skills Competition
BATL Toronto East
Road to BATL Concert

2015 - 2016: A NATIONAL PRESENCE

BATL Yorkdale Lobby
BATL Ottawa
Foam Axe: Oshawa Generals

Watch additional video footage from 2015 – 2017.

2017: NORTH AMERICAN EXPANSION

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