BATL History
About BATL

Started in a backyard, now we’re here.

BATL isn’t just a cool-sounding acronym – and let’s be honest, it sounds really damn cool – it’s also the true declaration of where we started.

In 2006, our CEO Matt Wilson founded BATL in his backyard. At first, it was just a personal passion he discovered while camping. Today, nearly 2 million people have experienced the thrill of axe throwing at our locations.

We were the first in the world to offer an urban venue experience for indoor axe throwing. And we’re proud of that. Now, we offer leagues, walk-ins, and group parties – like stags, bachelor, bachelorette, and team building events.

The sport of axe throwing has grown, and we’re playing a leading role. We’re a founding member of the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF).

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Missions shouldn’t be impossible.

Our guiding principle is simple: to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community. So far, so good.

Values: They’re not just for points.

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Community

Be good to each other and
you’re welcome in our backyard.

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Empowering

Be your best and have a
great time doing it.

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Heart

We believe in the positivity of
what we offer: come share our
love of axe throwing.

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Innovation

We created urban axe throwing
and we continue to evolve the sport.

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Integrity

We promise to always live
by our values.

Our history, in handy graph form.

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League is born, starting off in the – you guessed it – backyard of our founder’s home.

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Our first warehouse location opens in Toronto. Now everyone can experience the thrill of axe throwing.

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One location in Toronto turns into three. BATL takes over the 6ix.

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We start going national, letting all of Canada become a part of the community.

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BATL expands into the USA (now 6 locations & growing).

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There’s no fake news here.

Look, we’re awesome. And it’s not just us saying that.
It’s also all of these fine people and publications.

Axe throwing league comes to Houston

Fox 26 Houston

March 18, 2019

Too cold outside? Try axe throwing

Tri-County Times

February 19, 2019

Axe Throwing Olympic Aspirations

CTV News Calgary

February 12, 2019

Looking for fun in Scottsdale? Just Axe

Scottsdale Progress

January 20, 2019

Or you could just throw a damn axe.

Strategy

January 17, 2019

The rise and rise of the axe throwing bar

Rad Season

January 9, 2019

Axe throwing at Northwestival

Global News Calgary

December 9, 2018

Want to Grab a Beer and Throw a Few Axes?

Playboy

November 15, 2018

Plan an outing to BATL Nashville

Trips to Discover

November 7, 2018

When axe and ambition meet, it’s BATL time

Financial Post

September 13, 2018

Meet the lawyer who found inner peace as an axe thrower

Precedent Magazine

September 5, 2018

Inside a new East Nashville attraction

Nashville Business Journal

July 11, 2018

Hatchet throwing is the trend you have to try

Star Ledger + NJ.com

June 1, 2018

Taking an Axe to Dull Evenings

The Red Bulletin

May 23, 2018

East Nashville Axe Throwing Business BATL Expands

News Channel 5 Network

May 17, 2018

Ax Throwing A Growing Hobby Across The U.S.

NBC Nightly News

Apr 6, 2018

The BATL for Squamish

What’s On Sea to Sky

Mar 16, 2018

Axe Throwing Squamish Fun

The Squamish Chief

Jan 21, 2018

Daily Planet Axe Throwing

The Discovery Channel

Jan 19, 2012

Using an axe as a tool to build community

CTV News Alberta

Jan 15, 2018

Ax throwing hitting the mark for veterans

Fox 17 WZTV Nashville

Dec 3, 2017

Indoor axe-throwing venue opens in Squamish

The Squamish Chief

Sept 12, 2017

Axe Tossing At Throw Nashville [BATL Nashvile]

News Channel 5 Network

Aug 11, 2017

Looking for a New Hobby? Just Axe

WTTW Chicago

May 9, 2017

New ax throwing venue open in Chicago

Chicago Tribune

Apr 26, 2017

JA buries the hatchet for charity

London Free Press

Jan 26, 2017

The World of Recreational Axe Throwing

Today Magazine

Jan 25, 2017

AWAKEN YOUR INNER-CHILD …

The Red Bulletin

Dec 1, 2016

The Buds – Trailer

TSN

Nov 27, 2016

Getting a handle on axe throwing

Niagara Falls Review

Nov 6, 2016

Ax, Meet Target: Throwing Blades for Sport

Great Big Story

Oct 24, 2016

The Backyard Axe Throwing League skills competition

The Washington Post

Sep 30, 2016

Looking for Adventure? Try Axe Throwing

East of the City

Sep 20, 2016

Feeling stressed? Why not try Axe Throwing?

BBC World Service

Aug 12, 2016

Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun

The Atlantic

Aug 9, 2016

BATL AXE BATTLE

Stamps TV

Aug 8, 2016

Richard chats with Matt Wilson

Proud FM

Jun 16, 2016

Singer Terri Clark goes Axe Throwing

etalk

Apr 27, 2016

Dean Brody Axe Throwing

ET Canada

Mar 11, 2016

8 fun things to do with your friends

Canadian Living

Mar 7, 2016

New club is “like darts, but with axes

Ottawa Citizen

Feb 12, 2016

My City with Blake Carter

Rogers TV Toronto

Feb 3, 2016

Socialiser en se défoulant

TFO (Télévision française de l’Ontario)

Jan 5, 2016

Lyndsay learns the tricks of the axe-throwing trade

CTV News – Kitchener

Dec 16, 2015

Like bowling, but with axes

The Emery Weal

Nov 18, 2015

Sarah Freemark is at Backyard Axe Throwing League

CTV Morning Live – Ottawa

Nov 16, 2015

Carry the Hatchet: Axe-Throwing Leagues and Liabilities

Canadian Insurance Top Broker

Oct 21, 2015

BATL Grounds with the QBs

Stamps TV

Sep 10, 2015

Axe factor increased sharply at BATL

London Community News

Aug 18, 2015

‘Viking darts’ sharp move

The London Free Press

Aug 16, 2015

Learn to throw a battle axe

Alberta Primetime

Aug 10, 2015

On Location Axe Throwing – Part 1 of 4

Breakfast Television Calgary

Aug 5, 2015

Axe throwing craze grows in western Canada

Global National

Aug 1, 2015

Axe throwing grows in popularity

CTV News Calgary

Jul 30, 2015

Too Close to Call: Battle of the bull’s-eye

Post City Toronto

Feb 25, 2015

E! News Update Axe Throwing at BATL

EonlineCanada

Feb 3, 2015

Jamie takes a stab at axe-throwing

CP24 Breakfast Television

Jan 7, 2015

Is the Office Christmas Party Really Worth It?

PROFITguide.com

Dec 11, 2014

Axe Throwing – The Late O’Clock News

The Comedy Network

Oct 1, 2014

The Backyard Axe Throwing League

The Plaid Zebra

Sep 30, 2014

Backyard Axe Throwing Anyone?

This Beautiful Day

Aug 28, 2014

Where Burying the Hatchet can Gain you Points

The Globe and Mail

Jun 13, 2014

Queer Axe Folk

DailyXtra

May 7, 2014

Grab Your Hatchets and Prepare for BATL

Toronto is Awesome

Jan 21, 2014

Splintered Wood, Cold Steel and The Junction

Comments Enabled

Dec 8, 2013

Find Your Groove – Toss an Axe

The Toronto Observer

Sept 13, 2013

In Toronto, League Attracts Those Who Like to Throw Axes

The Wall Street Journal

Sept 2, 2013

Axe Throwing League Hits Target

The Toronto Sun

Oct 8, 2012

Think Darts are Girly? Try axe Throwing

Toronto Star

May 27, 2011

Toronto’s Backyard Axe Throwing League

Vice Media

Aug 26, 2010

When it comes to throwing axes, celebrities are just like us.

WORKING MOMS

VIN DIESEL

Sam Roberts Band

TJ MILLER

TERRI CLARK

STEVE HARVEY

SHEA EMRY

NIAGARA ICE DOGS

Tyrone T-Rex Edwards

DARREN PANG

Ottawa Redblacks

RICK FOX

RICK MERCER

RUBY ROSE

MEGHAN PATRICK

Killswitch Engage

Jon Montgomery

IVAR VIKINGS

MAX HOLLOWAY

HOCKEY WIVES

GERARD BUTLER

MIKE CAMMALLERI

CANAAN SMITH

Entertainment Tonight Canada

EDDIE HUANG

AMON AMARTH

BASTILLE

BO LEVI MITCHELL

Brianne Tutt

GEORGE PARROS

GEORGE ARMSTRONG

Oshawa Generals

CHICAGO BEARS

WILLIAM NYLANDER

DAQUAN JONES

SPIKE (Mojo in the morning)

DELANEY HOLLEY

SHEAMUS

SHAQ

JOE MANDE

HANNIBAL BURESS

ZACH HYMAN

ANSON CARTER

MORGAN WALLEN

PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL

CLIVE STANDEN

Another Round | Grand Ole Opry

SHADOW HUNTERS

THE WASHBOARD UNION

Natalie Spooner & Meaghan Mikkelson

Our 2018 numbers don’t lie.

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We’d go to BATL with these people anytime.

The T in BATL doesn’t stand for “Team”, but it very well could. These are the people who make BATL what it is and who’ll help you throw an axe for the first time or better than you did before.

MEET THE TEAM
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We aren’t just some social media group.

The word ‘community’ is thrown around way too much online. And while we do realize the irony of saying that on our online website, BATL is truly a community in the traditional sense of the word – in real life.

It may just seem like throwing axes and hitting bullseyes (that part is awesome, to be fair), but our top priority is being good to one another.

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