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2018 Wild Cards At BATL

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2018 Wild Cards At BATL

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Every year, the most talented axe throwers in the world gather to determine the best of the best in a weekend-long tournament known as the National Axe Throwing Championship. This 120+ person tournament is the culmination of league play in the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) including the top 4 axe throwers from each and every league in the organization. Of course, our league membership extends to thousands of skilled axe throwers that may not make the cut. Enter the Wild Card  Tournament hosted at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

2018 Wild Cards

The Wild Card Tournament (taking place at all BATL venues December 16th) is open to any thrower at The Backyard Axe Throwing League who has competed in at least one league season in 2018 and has not yet qualified for the NATC. The format for the Wild Card will be a double elimination tournament, similar to a regulation league playoff. Each tournament will be venue based, so be sure get in touch with your home BATL location for more details and registration. Winners of the Wildcard tournament will get an instant qualification to the first round of the NATC.

2019 All-Star Weekend at BATL

The National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) will be taking place February 18th in Toronto as part of the 8th annual All-Star Weekend hosted by The Backyard Axe Throwing League. All qualifying league competitors from all over North America, including many from the Backyard Axe Throwing League, will be facing off for their chance at not only bragging rights but also prize money for the top 3 competitors. After that, we begin the 2018 Winter Skills competition, showcasing the most skilled throwers battling it out for their chance at glory. You can find all the details on the National Axe Throwing Federation website.

BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Wondering how this all came about? By now, you’ve probably already heard the story. Back in 2006, a group of friends were bored at a cottage outside of Toronto and decided to throw an axe at a stump. Little did they know that this innocent way to pass the time would soon evolve into the creation of a worldwide sport.

Upon returning to the city, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to call some friends to his house and create a game with those very same axes – pioneering the sport of urban axe throwing that has taken the world by storm. It didn’t take long before the Backyard Axe Throwing League had outgrown its very own backyard. As you can imagine, putting that many people in a small outdoor space together got very loud very fast, and noise complaints were coming to a frequent issue. Not to mention, word had spread throughout the city so fast that the waitlist to join a league was becoming never ending. In 2011, BATL moved its operations indoors and secured an industrial space in the west end of Toronto. We instantly had leagues running four nights a week, and soon after opened up to private group bookings (perfectly suited for bachelor and bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building, or a night out with friends).

Fast forward to 2018, the Backyard Axe Throwing League now has 14 locations across North America (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Nashville, and Chicago in the United States – with more on the way in Scottsdale, Arizona!) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

The National Axe Throwing Federation

In 2016 The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) was established to service the sport of axe throwing globally, with a vision to create broad and standardized competition amongst players, while providing member support through a mandate to promote universal safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol. All league play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing (of which BATL is a founding member). Currently sitting at over 4000 league members worldwide, being part of the NATF gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

Advanced statistic tracking (axescores.com) is provided to all members of the National Axe Throwing Federation and is by far the most sophisticated axe throwing metric tracking system available in the sport of urban axe throwing. When using the Axe Scores app, you can monitor and run league play while keeping track of just about everything. Stats include (but aren’t limited to): average scores per match and per axe, high scores, rubber matches played perfect games and matches (both natural and supernatural), and many more.

Joining an axe throwing league is a great excuse to get out of the house and engage in some weekly friendly competition. But more than that, it’s a chance to meet new friends and be part of an extremely tight-knit community. At BATL, 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. Our league members come from all walks of life, and are some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet – and we can guarantee that you’ll make lasting friendships in the process. 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.

Sign up for the 2018 Wild Cards at BATL today, and get ready for the 2019 NATC!

The Wilson Cup
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The Wilson Cup
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NATF, BATL, Axecores
BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League
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National Axe Throwing Championships

Watch both semi finals and finals of the NATC. Streaming live from BATL-Toronto East

Posted by National Axe Throwing Federation on Sunday, February 18, 2018

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