Posted: February 18, 2019

The National Axe Throwing Championship

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NATC: Round 1 Results

The Round 1 results are in – which means we’ve come one step closer to Round 2, also known as the National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC).

The preliminary round (Round 1) is a competition within each NATF member organization to determine which players will represent them in the final stage of the tournament and took place this past Sunday. In the preliminary round, players were randomly split into groups of four. Players took to their assigned lane, then went on to throw the equivalent of 3 matches (a total of 45 throws) and 9 Big Axes. Now that the results are in, the matchups are set for an all-day affair featuring 192 competitors vying for urban axe throwing’s most prestigious title – winner of the Wilson Cup.

NATC: Round 2

Enter: The National Axe Throwing Championship. The top 192 ranked players from Round 1 will meet in an all-day affair, culminating in one champion. The National Axe Throwing Championship will be taking place February 17th 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. It’s sure to showcase the best axe throwing in the world – and we can guarantee it will be a day you won’t soon forget.

Winter Skills Competition

After that, we begin the Winter Skills competition, showcasing the most skilled throwers battling it out for their chance at glory. Axe throwers from across the world will compete in special competitions highlighting some of the most skilled trick shots and toughest games, put on especially for the Winter Skills competition. Featured games include Doubles, Ambidextrous Throwing, Time Trials, and Around The World.

Axe Prom & Awards Ceremony

Once the dust has settled, we’ll be ending it all off on the evening of February 18th with our annual Axe Prom & Awards Ceremony, taking place at Palais Royale in Toronto. 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 will be on full display that this year’s Axe Prom and Awards Ceremony.

Tickets for this year’s axe prom are now sold out, so be sure to join us for the after-party at The Dock Ellis bar, taking place immediately after Axe Prom. Get ready for an action-packed weekend – we know we are because we’ve been waiting for it for a whole year.

About BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Feeling left out, and wondering how you can get involved? 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.

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, Scottsdale and  in the United States – with more venues on the way) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

Axe Throwing Leagues

The first step on the road to the NATC is to join an axe throwing league. Our axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks, completely under the guidance of our resident axe gurus. Each season consists of round-robin style tournament play, where you’ll throw 28 games against other people in the league, culminating in a top 16 double elimination playoff on week 8. Our leagues are suitable for people of all skill levels, with staff on hand at all times ready to give you tips and tricks to make sure that you’re hitting the bullseye. League play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing (of which BATL is a founding member). Being part of the NATF also gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

If you haven’t joined a league yet – what are you waiting for? And for everyone that made it to Round 1 of the 2019 NATC – good luck! We can’t wait to see you all at the National Axe Throwing Championships at BATL this February.

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