EVERY ORIGINAL HAS AN ORIGIN
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. BATL Stands for The Backyard Axe Throwing League and that's how our small business began. Now with 18 Locations we support a vibrant community of axe throwers, team-building and social experiences for large and small business alike, and millions of people who just want a great date night or night out with friends.
In 2006, our CEO Matt Wilson founded BATL in his backyard. At first, it was just a personal passion he discovered while at a cottage. Today, nearly 5 million people have experienced the thrill of axe throwing at our locations.
We were the first in the world to offer an urban axe throwing venue experience. 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 continue to playing the leading role. We’re also a founding member of the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) - a global organization dedicated to regulating and supporting the growth of axe throwing as a sport.
The History of BATL Axe Throwing
The Backyard Axe Throwing League is born, starting off in the – you guessed it – backyard of our founder’s home.
Our first warehouse location opens in Toronto. Now everyone can experience the thrill of axe throwing.
One location in Toronto turns into three. BATL takes over the 6ix.
We start going national, letting all of Canada become a part of the community.
BATL expands into the USA (now 6 locations & growing).
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. Our Code of Conduct is available for our guests to help promote a safe environment.
Values: They're Not Just For Points
Be good to each other and you're welcome in our backyard.
Always be your best and have a good fun time while you do it.
We believe in the positivity. Come share our love for throwing.
We started urban axe throwing and continue to evolve it.
We promise to always live and operate our venues by our values.
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.
FEATURED ON KAYAK TRAVEL GUIDES
KAYAK TRAVEL GUIDES
XTRA CHATS WITH TORONTO’S
LGBT AXE THROWERS
WANT TO GRAB A BEER AND
THROW A FEW AXES?
WHEN IT COMES TO THROWING AXES, CELEBRITIES ARE JUST LIKE US!
We're proud to have taught hundreds of celebrities how to throw axes safely and skillfully at our BATL Axe Throwing locations.
Sam Roberts Band
Bo Levi Mitchell
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.