2017 Axe Throwing Leagues In Full Effect

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General League

It was a long, cold December.  With most of our axe throwing leagues ending at the midpoint of the last month of 2016.  Many players were left confused with what to do one night a week - but fear not!  Our 2017 axe throwing leagues are now in full effect at BATL venues all across Canada.

Our axe throwing leagues are the foundation of the Backyard Axe Throwing League, and are the perfect reason to get out of the house once a week and enjoy some friendly yet fierce competition with friends.

Our leagues run Sunday through Wednesday, and last 8 weeks - 7 weeks of round robin style tournament play, followed by a top-16 double elimination playoff on the 8th and final week.  All of our leagues are run by our skilled staff members (who are also league members themselves) with plenty of coaching available, so no matter what your skill you can be sure that you'll be hitting bullseyes in no time.

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Participaction Lists Axe Throwing In 150 Playlist

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General Toronto

Just in time to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, ParticipAction has released its list of the top 150 activities that define our land and people - and axe throwing shows up at number 36 on the list.

Axe throwing is an easy way for people of all ages and skill levels to get active and involved in a unique and truly Canadian hobby.  At the Backyard Axe Throwing League, you can experience axe throwing through our weekly leagues that started it all - in addition to public walk in axe throwing and private events for groups of 6 or more at any of our 9 locations across Canada.  Be sure to add axe throwing to your list of Canadian themed activities this year!

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BATL Staff Sunday Featuring Kelly

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General Pickering

It's not a Sunday, but we'd still like you to meet Kelly Moylan. Kelly works and throws at the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s Pickering location, but you can also find him hanging out at Yorkdale throwing in his ‘away’ league.

Coming from a world of software development and university teaching, you can count on him to always be numbering, even when numbers don't need to be numbered.  Kelly took to the #BATL lifestyle quickly, and the step from obsessive hobby to place of employment came naturally. He dreams to be able to go back-2-back with championship wins like his namesake from the Blue Jays, but scraping by will do for now. When not throwing axes, you can find Kelly out on the Curling rink, screaming just as loud as he does during his axe throwing league nights. Glad to have you in the family, Kelly!

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All Star Weekend Axe Throwing Tickets Now On Sale

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General League

Tickets are now on sale at all BATL locations for the 5th annual All Star Weekend presented by Beau's this coming February 19 - 20, featuring the inaugural National Axe Throwing Championships (NATC). Ticket availability is limited, and we are offering early bird pricing until February 8th:

• Skills Competition only: $25
• Prom only: $60
• Prom & Skills combo: $70

It's all for a good cause, with this year's All Star Weekend benefiting The Red Door Family Shelter - so get your tickets now before they're gone!  Stay tuned for the finalized Champions League standings, which will be released later this week for this year’s competition taking place at 33 Villiers St. in the Port Lands of Toronto!

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Instructional Videos For Axe Throwing Skills Competition

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General League

With just over a month to go before the first annual National Axe Throwing Championship & All Star Weekend, we have uploaded instructional videos to our YouTube channel for all the events taking place at this year’s Winter Skills competition.  Head over to our YouTube channel to get the lowdown on all the rules for Around The World, Ambidextrous, Time Trials, and Doubles axe throwing events.

The National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) will take place on Sunday, 19 February 2017 in Toronto, Canada, with over 140 players representing the most talented players from axe throwing league member organizations in 13 cities.  The competition will be fierce in a day-long double elimination tournament.  In addition, this year's NATC will be combined with the NATF's annual Skills Competition followed by a member exclusive dinner - also known as Axe Prom, hosted by the Backyard Axe Throwing League on Monday, 20 February.  You can find all the information you need here.

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Narcity Lists Axe Throwing As Top Family Destination

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General Ottawa

"...BATL is the perfect place for you to bond. You can get your anger out at each other while throwing axes at a board, and hopefully that release of anger will help you two bond and get closer."  Those are the sentiments echoed by online blog Narcity in their list of the best activities in Ottawa for family bonding.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers walk-in axe throwing at select times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - the perfect way for you and your siblings to get out and experience the thrill of throwing an axe firsthand.  If your family is bigger, or you wanted to extend the invite to your friends, then we also offer private axe throwing tournaments with our expert coaches for groups of 6 and more.   View our Ottawa booking page to plan your visit to BATL Ottawa now!

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Modified Walk In Axe Throwing Hours

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General

A reminder that all Backyard Axe Throwing League venues will be closed for walk-in axe throwing this coming Saturday, 31 December and Sunday, 1 January.  That means that today is your last chance to take out your frustration on the year that was 2016 with some cathartic axe throwing, with all BATL locations offering hourly walk in axe throwing this evening (Friday December 30) from 5 – 8pm.

Walk in axe throwing is the perfect way to learn how to throw an axe in a casual, informal setting - or to brush up on your skills if you're already an experienced axe thrower.  $19.91 (plus tax) gets you an hour of informal axe throwing, complete with guidance from our skilled staff.  Get out there today, and end 2016 on a high note!

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Thanks to Our 2016 Axe Throwing League Members

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General League

As 2016 comes to an end, we'd like to thank our hundreds of league members who have participated across Canada in friendly competition with their friends at the Backyard Axe Throwing League.  This was an enormous year for axe throwing, with hundreds of new players joining and many records being  broken across all locations.  We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!

Get your name on a waitlist to join a 2017 axe throwing league at BATL today, and see firsthand what our growing family is all about!

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Sponsors Announced For NATF All Star Weekend

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General League

With 2017 just days away, that means we are also closing in on the inaugural 2017 NATF All Star Weekend, presented by Beau's Natural Brewing.  In addition to support from Beau's we also have Sailor Jerry, Cherry Street BBQ, The Dock Ellis, The Emmet Ray, Woodhouse Brewing Co., Firepower Capital, Gardiner Roberts, RBC Royal Bank, and Fogler Rubinoff on board for this year’s event.  We want to thank all of our sponsors for their help supplementing ticket sales - which allows for a prize purse for the winner of our axe throwing Champions League tournament, and for us to donate proceeds from the weekend to the Red Door Family Shelter.

The National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) will take place on Sunday, 19 February 2017 in Toronto, Canada, with over 140 players representing the most talented players from axe throwing league member organizations in 13 cities.  The competition will be fierce in a day-long double elimination tournament.  In addition, this year's NATC will be combined with the NATF's annual Skills Competition followed by a member exclusive dinner - also known as Axe Prom, hosted by the Backyard Axe Throwing League on Monday, 20 February.  You can find all the information you need here.

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Custom League Axes

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General League

Since our inception over 10 years ago, BATL league members have never ceased to amaze us with the effort they place into customizing the personal axes they use to throw on a weekly basis.  Our weekly leagues are what formed the Backyard Axe Throwing League community.  We've always been a proponent individualism - and there is no better example of that creative spirit at each of our locations than looking at the unique qualities of each axe thrown by our thousands of axe throwing league members.  You can check out some of the examples of our league members' creativity here.

All of our weekly axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks (7 weeks of round robin play, followed by a top-16 double elimination playoff on week 8), and are open to people of all skill levels.  New leagues will be starting in 2017 at all BATL venues across Canada, and you can get your name on the waitlist here.

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