Your Questions Answered

Everything you need to know about Axe Throwing

What to Expect:

Events last around 2 – 2.5h and are hosted by BATL coaches in a private area.  Things begin with practice and instruction before starting a group tournament to crown a champion.

Our Calgary, Niagara, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto West locations offer a licensed bar and kitchen.  At other facilities outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are welcome.

Event Cost:

Price ranges from $34.95 – $42.86 +tax per person, with a minimum group size of 6 people.  A full breakdown of price by weekday is available here.

All reservations require a $100 refundable deposit at time of booking, which may be made using any major credit card through a secure Shopify hosted check-out.

Group sizes:

For private axe throwing tournaments we can host a full range of group sizes:  from 6 to over 150 people.

Informal walk-in sessions are also offered at an hourly rate of $19.91 +tax per person, from Friday – Sunday.  Our scheduled times for public walk-in sessions are available here.

Food and Beverage

Can I bring outside food and beverages?

Calgary, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto West = we offer kitchen service with a menu of cooked finger foods delivered directly to your throwing lanes during your visit.  In addition, a small concession stand is available with snacks and cold drinks available for purchase.  Outside food and beverage is not permitted, with the exception of cakes, pies and cupcakes.

All other locations = you’re welcome to bring your own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages; we have private fridges and plenty of counter space available to make yourself comfortable while with us.  Glassware however is NOT PERMITTED, unless served from non-glass containers.

Do you allow alcohol?


Unlicensed Locations

Including Kitchener, London, Toronto East and Yorkdale.

You’re welcome to bring your own outside food and beverages, however alcohol is not permitted at any of the above listed locations, so please limit things to non-alcoholic drinks.

We’re currently undergoing liquor license application, although it’s a lengthy process and we’re not likely to obtain a license for several months.  Due to restrictions in place as part of our liquor license application we do not allow SOPs (Special Event Permits) at any of our locations right now.

Licensed Locations

BATL Calgary, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto West are licensed for service of alcohol including wine, coolers and beer to our guests, subject to house rules for consumption.  Outside beverages are not permitted.

Do you allow outside catering?

Calgary, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto West = we offer kitchen service with a menu of cooked finger foods delivered directly to your throwing lanes during your visit.  In addition, a small concession stand is available with snacks and cold drinks available for purchase.  Outside food and beverage is not permitted, with the exception of cakes, pies and cupcakes.

All other locations = you’re welcome to arrange for outside catering, so long as actual cooking of food doesn’t occur on site.  We also don’t allow food trucks.

Do you have food available for purchase?

Calgary, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto West = we offer kitchen service with a menu of cooked finger foods delivered directly to your throwing lanes during your visit.  In addition, a small concession stand is available with snacks and cold drinks available for purchase.  Outside food and beverage is not permitted, with the exception of cakes, pies and cupcakes.

All other locations = we don’t have food available for purchase on location, but you’re welcome to bring your own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages; we have private fridges and plenty of counter space available to make yourself comfortable while with us.

Hours and Availability

Can I get on a wait list?

Yes.  While rare, cancellations do occur.  Please let us know your preferred date(s), venue, group size, and the best way to get a hold of you quickly.

How do I book?

Please select your preferred BATL location from our booking page located here:  https://batlgrounds.com/book-axe-throwing/

The booking process, including deposit, can be completed entirely online. If you have any related questions or difficulty however, please feel free to Contact Us.

Only available times are displayed.  If a calendar date is greyed out at the location you’ve selected, it’s fully booked.  If your first choice date isn’t available, we’d encourage you to either choose a different venue, or contact us to get on the wait list as cancellations may occur.

What are your hours?

As an event-based business, BATL doesn’t have regularly scheduled retail hours aside from our weekly walk-in axe throwing sessions.  Previously scheduled private axe throwing events and leagues take place 7 days a week from 11am – 11pm.

Please contact your nearest venue, or view online booking calendars for local availability.

What’s your availability?

Detailed availability is available online by selecting your nearest venue at the following link.  Please note that only available times are displayed.

https://batlgrounds.com/book-axe-throwing/

 

How it Works

Can I throw an axe on my own, or with a date?

Our private axe throwing events require a minimum group size of six people, however informal axe throwing practice and instruction is offered at an hourly rate of $19.91 +tax per person, for individuals and small groups from Friday – Sunday.  Scheduled hours by location are available here.

As this is a public drop-in session, guests will not have a private throwing area or guaranteed activity time.  Similar to public skating, skiing or swimming – guests will use a common area with other participants.

Do I need to book in advance?

Private axe throwing events require advance booking, however informal axe throwing practice and instruction is offered at an hourly rate of $19.91 +tax per person, for individuals and small groups from Friday – Sunday.  Scheduled hours by location are available here.

As this is a public drop-in session, guests will not have a private throwing area or guaranteed activity time.  Similar to public skating, skiing or swimming – guests will use a common area with other participants.

Do you offer prizes?

Besides bragging rights, we do offer a locally designed and produced Champion Trophy for purchase at all locations – alternatively you’re welcome to bring your own, and many people do!

How many people can I bring?

For private axe throwing tournaments we can host a full range of group sizes: from 6 to over 150 people.

Our standard group size is 12 – 24 people; please let us know if your party will be less than 12, or more than 24 so that we can adjust space and staff accordingly.

What’s the format, and how long does it last?

Our axe throwing events last 2 – 2.5 hours and are hosted by dedicated BATL coaches in a private throwing area.  Things begin with roughly 30 minutes of practice and instruction before starting a group tournament to crown a champion.

League

Can I bring my own axe?

League members can bring their own axe as long as it passes our standards and requirements for play. That means it must be within 0.25 of a 1.5 pound head in either direction and it must have a wooden handle.  Tomahawks are not permitted as they are a different type of blade.

Can I join without committing for two whole months?

Every league season is an 8-week commitment.  Feel free to visit us on any of our league nights and throw a couple axes for free at the end of league play if unable to commit to joining for the duration.

Can I just watch?

Guests are welcome to spectate during our league nights.  While you won’t be able to try throwing until the end of the evening, you’re welcome to enjoy the excitement of competitive axe throwing and speak with current league members.

If possible, please let us know about your planned visit in advance so we can plan to show you around and explain things one-on-one.

What if I have a vacation planned?

Please let us know as soon as you know which date(s) you will be missing.

While we can’t guarantee you will be able to play all of your games on alternate dates, we try to be reasonable and as accommodating as we can.  We are all here to throw axes and nobody wants to win games due to forfeits by their opponents.

Location and Facilities

Are your facilities wheelchair accessible?

We’ve instructed many people with physical disabilities, and axe throwing is a highly accessible sport for those with limited mobility.

If possible, please let us in advance at Kitchener and London for special arrangements to support easy access.

Are your locations air conditioned?

Our locations are not air conditioned, but do have large fans in each throwing area.  It can get quite warm during the summer, so dress accordingly, but please remember open toed shoes are not permitted.

Is parking available at your locations?

Yes, there’s free but limited parking at all venues – we encourage ride sharing to maximize available spaces.   Street parking is also available near all locations.

Managing a Booking

Can I arrive later than my booked start time?

While we have some flexibility with handling latecomers, we strongly encourage groups to arrive on time otherwise it will take always total event time available.  Due to scheduling restrictions events can’t be extended.

Can we arrive early to set-up?

You’re welcome to arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to your scheduled event time to take care of any set-up requirements, and will have free access to your throwing area provided it’s not in use.

If you need to drop off any material earlier than this however, please Contact Us to make special arrangements, and we’ll do whatever we can to help out.

What if I need to cancel, or change my event date?

We have a 1-week cancellation policy.  If you provide at least seven days notice ahead of your scheduled event, your deposit will be refunded.  We can also change your event date provided that we receive 1 week’s notice and there’s availability on requested day.

What if my group size changes?

You’re welcome to bring more or fewer guests than selected when booking.  If your group size will change above or below 6, 12 or 24 people however, then please tell us in advance so we can prepare adequate staffing and space.

Groups that exceed or drop below 6, 12 or 24 people without notice will be subject to base charges and/or space limitations associated with original booking.  No further notice is needed for group size fluctuations between 6 – 11 or 12 – 24 people.

Payment

Can I pay in advance?

We don’t allow guests to pay in full before events, as the final amount payable will depend on total number of guests in attendance.  BATL gift certificates are also available.

How does payment work?

There’s no need to pay when you arrive.  We can take care of settlement towards the end of your event, including splitting payment between guests if needed.

How does the event deposit work?

We require $100 deposit at the time of booking to secure your space, which can later be applied either as a credit to the total cost of your event, or refunded to your original payment card if preferred.

Your deposit will remain fully refundable up to 7 days before to your scheduled event date.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, debit cards as well as all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Post-Event

Can I get a copy of my group photo?

We post all of our event photos taken each week onto a Facebook photo album on Tuesday mornings – please hang on a few days and we’ll email you when they’re posted!

I can’t find my group photo online

We try to post all photos from each week at the same time, but sometimes the quality isn’t that great, or it may have just been overlooked.

If you can’t find your photo – please let us know the best way to get in touch (and any details about your group size/ appearance/ organizer name), and get back to you with an update shortly.

I don’t want my group photo to be posted online

If you’d like your photos not to be posted or removed from Facebook, then please let us know the details of your group and we’d be happy to assist.

I think I forgot an item at BATL

We’ll look into it for you right away!  Please let us know (a) description of lost item, (b) your event time/ organizer name, (c)  the best way to get in touch, and we’ll ask our staff to take a look if it hasn’t been found already.

Safety and Insurance

Are you insured?

All BATL locations are fully insured.  We do not disclose further information about our insurance coverage for competitive reasons.

Do I need to sign a liability waiver?

Yes.  A copy of our liability waiver, which must be signed by all guests before throwing or spectating may be emailed upon request.

Is axe throwing safe?

We’re incredibly proud of our safety record at BATL, and have helped over 100,000 people throw millions of axes without incident since 2006.  All throwing takes place under direct supervision of our experienced coaches, and we have dozens of protective measures in place, such as chain link fencing and a separated spectator area for guests who aren’t throwing.

Technical Troubleshooting

I’m not receiving emails from BATL

Please check your Junk mail, Promotional folder, &/or add “@batlgrounds.com” to your safe sender list.

If you’re still unable to locate a recent booking confirmation, etc., then please contact us to let us know another email address that we can add to file.

The BATL website doesn’t seem to be behaving correctly

Try another browser with cleared cookies and browser history.  Chrome typically works best, but if problems persist for more than 10 – 15 minutes please let us know.

Third Parties

Do you offer any DIY pointers?

For competitive reasons we don’t provide detail about our target design or set-up, but if you have any safety related questions we’d be happy to share some tips.

Who can I speak with about partnership and franchise opportunities?

We’re always interested to hear about new opportunities.  If you’d please let us know any specifics that you have in mind we’d be happy to have our business development team to get back to you; alternatively you can also email us details directly at info@batlgrounds.com.  All BATL locations are corporately owned.

What to Bring

Can I bring my own axe?

Event participants must use the axes provided by BATL staff.

League members can bring their own axe as long as it passes our standards and requirements for play, which means that it must be within 0.25 of a 1.5 pound head in either direction and it must have a wooden handle.  Tomahawks are not permitted as they are a different type of blade.

What should I wear?

Our only restriction on clothing is that close-toed shoes are required; otherwise you’re welcome to wear whatever you’d like.  We recommend avoiding high heels, and wear something comfortable and loose enough to allow for a full range of movement.

Who can throw

Are specators allowed?

Spectators are always welcome at BATL locations for both leagues and private events, and are only charged a fee if they decide to throw an axe.

Can I bring my child or baby?

While we don’t have any age restrictions for who can enter BATL locations, there can be a lot of loud noises such as music, axes and cheering that may be unsettling for young children.

We require that parents or guardians closely monitor children at all times while within the facility.  Your child must be in your immediate care at all times as there are axes being thrown.

Can I throw if I’m pregnant?

That is a personal decision based on your physical condition.  We have no rules that prohibit axe throwing by pregnant women, and have had league members continue competing through late stages of pregnancy.

What’s the minimum age to participate?

Anyone aged 16 or over can throw an axe; although those younger are welcome to spectate.