Posted: December 26, 2017

BATL Listed As Top Winter Activity

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We may have started as an outdoor backyard venue, but The Backyard Axe Throwing league (with 12 indoor venues across North America) is listed as a top winter destination in Toronto by web blog Love The World. If you and your friends and carrying some serious stress whether it’s from final exams or end of the year workload, BATL is the perfect place to blow off some steam.”

BATL is recognized as the best axe throwing experience in the world.  Our expertly trained coaches will ensure you’re comfortable and have you throwing like a pro in no time.  Each of our 12 venues across Canada and the United States offers private event bookings for groups of 2 and up (perfect for team building, adult birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and much more) in addition to public drop-in sessions and our world famous weekly leagues.  Join the BATL today!

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Host Your Christmas Party at BATL Scottsdale

Scottsdale may have a reputation as a travel destination, but it’s also a city brimming with vibrant community, arts, and much more. It’s a city that promises abundant amenities, from vibrant outdoor activities and sports to a thriving downtown and waterfront. The city of over 220,000 inhabitants is known for excellent quality of life mixed with tourist appeal. Not just a city of retirees, people are flocking to Scottsdale for its family friendly reputation. With a buzzing arts and culture scene, many schools that are ranked top in the state, and endless potential for outdoor activity, it’s no wonder that the younger demographic are taking Scottsdale by storm. The downtown area – known as Old Town Scottsdale – is one of the most unique urban downtown centres in the American Southwest. Its pedestrian-friendly streets are home to world class art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops. When the sun goes down, the area really shines – with world class bars, restaurants, and nightlife options. Old Town Scottsdale is also known for hosting great events throughout the year such as markets, art walks, festivals, parades, concerts, and block parties. With the last weeks of 2019 upon us, businesses all across Arizona (and North America in general) are scrambling to plan their last minute holiday season corporate outings. It’s never too late to start planning, after all. There are many things to consider when planning a corporate group outing for you and your team to ensure a memorable time for everybody involved. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for team-building activities. But by paying attention to the everyday routine of your team, getting employees involved in planning, and asking strategic questions, you can keep the eye rolls to a minimum. With all these things considered, where do you go next? Gone are the days of traditional staff get togethers – and nothing quite breaks tradition like axe throwing. BATL was founded in a Toronto backyard back in 2006. What started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip soon spread through word of mouth in Toronto, and today nearly 2 million people have experienced the thrill of throwing axes. The Backyard Axe Throwing League has never been more accessible and now boasts 16 venues across North America (Toronto, Kitchener, Pickering, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada and Novi, Chicago, Houston, Orlando, Scottsdale and Nashville in the United States – not to mention more venues set to open in 2020). Want to know what BATL Scottsdale is all about? We’ve got you covered. The History of Axe Throwing The sport of axe throwing was established in 2006 in the Toronto backyard of Matt Wilson. What started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip with friends soon spread through word-of-mouth in Toronto. Matt Wilson spent his career learning the ropes of the hospitality business in Toronto, which enabled the creation of the first-ever urban axe throwing venue in Toronto, The Backyard Axe Throwing League. Urban axe throwing is comprised of ‘arenas,’ which are similar to a cross between a batting cage and bowling alley, with private space for groups of any size. BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League The Backyard Axe Throwing League’s mission is to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by the background roots. Matt Wilson’s BATL is the first organization in the world to offer an urban venue to experience the thrill of indoor axe throwing. Today over 1 million people have experienced the thrill of the sport across the globe. With the success of BATL in the Greater Toronto Area, expansion was possible into Detroit, Pickering, Hamilton, London, Calgary, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, Nashville, Niagara Falls, and Chicago. This has encouraged and excited celebrities and television show segments such as; Hockey Wives, Grand Opry’s Another Round, Ruby Rose, Vin Diesel, Gerard Butler, George Parros, Clive Standen, Hannibal Buress, and many more. What To Expect During A To BATL Scottsdale At BATL, we stand by the belief that throwing an epic party should be fun and simple. BATL Premium private event packages run for 1.5 hours and are run in the safe and comfortable environment that BATL has become famous for. You’ll be in the hands of our expertly trained staff, who also happen to be the best axe throwers in the planet. They will run you and your guests through training to ensure that you’re all sticking bullseyes before launching you into a round robin tournament, followed by a playoff (in order to crown a champion, of course). A little friendly competition is a key to a team building outing so if you’re looking for the perfect event for your next corporate party in Scottsdale, look no further than BATL. We offer flexible food options and private space to fit any Christmas party’s needs. Trophies and streetwear are available as add-ons for an even more personal touch. Private events cost $35 – $42 + tax per person and are perfectly suited to adult birthday parties, corporate team building events, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. BATL Casual is perfect if you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing. All BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered. BATL Casual is offered on Friday: 7PM – 9PM*, Saturday: 12PM – 2PM, and Sunday: 2PM – 4PM. *We also offer BATL Casual from 5PM – 11PM Friday (Nashville Only). BATL League Play is suited to those who just can’t get enough axe throwing. It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, make a few new ones and enjoy a little competition along the way. With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and plenty of time to hang out between throwing. Our calendar culminates in the International Axe Throwing Championship, with qualifying players competing against the best throwers globally for the Wilson Cup and $25000 in prize money. BATL Premium private event bookings are available 7 days a week, from 11:00AM to 11:00PM. That means no matter what time is best suited for your staff holiday outing, we’ll be ready for you. Learn more about hosting your Christmas party at BATL Scottsdale, and make your next staff outing one to remember.
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Premier Axe Throwing Destination In Nashville

For country-music fans and wannabe songwriters all over the world, a trip to Nashville is the ultimate pilgrimage. Since the 1920s the city has been attracting musicians, who have taken the country genre from the ‘hillbilly music’ of the early 20th century to the slick ‘Nashville sound’ of the 1960s to the punk-tinged alt-country of the 1990s. Nashville’s many musical attractions range from the Country Music Hall of Fame to the revered Grand Ole Opry to Jack White’s niche record label. It also has a lively university community and a blistering hot restaurant scene. On top of that, Nashville has now surpassed Las Vegas as the most popular Bachelor/Bachelorette party destination in North America. If you need a break from bachelorette party shenanigans, you can step outside for natural distractions aplenty. An ever-growing network of pedestrian and bike-friendly greenways links Nashville’s city parks, which unfurl over rolling hills and lush riparian landscapes. B-Cycle bike-rental stations are conveniently placed at greenway trailheads. Nature and outdoor centers inside the larger parks offer kid-friendly activities and nature walks. In total, the city park system sprawls across more than 12,000 acres in 108 parks. Kayaking and canoeing trips on the gentle Harpeth River are well-suited to families. Simply put: Nashville is the place to be. Thinking about axe throwing as part of your Nashville experience? Look no further. BATL (the Backyard Axe Throwing League) is not only the premier axe throwing destination in North America, we’re also the pioneers of the sport. Bringing the sport of urban axe throwing to the masses since 2006, we’re the foremost authority on the thrilling pastime that’s taken the world by storm. Wondering who we are and just how we started? Learn a little bit more about BATL, the Backyard Axe Throwing League. When we at BATL pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006 in a downtown Toronto backyard, we had no idea how far it would reach – but we knew it was something that just about anyone would enjoy. We were right. From our humble beginnings, the Backyard Axe Throwing League quickly outgrew its own backyard, and went on to open 10 locations across Canada over the course of a few years. In 2017, BATL stepped across the border to open our very first location in the United States. We partnered with Throw Nashville to bring BATL’s brand of urban axe throwing to Music City, and that would mark the beginning of our US growth. Opened in 2017, BATL Nashville quickly began turning heads in the state of Tennessee. It didn’t take long for us to become part of our community, and have gone on to offer so much more than axe throwing. For one, BATL Nashville has played host to numerous groups of veterans, offering axe throwing as a form of therapy. Nashville’s Fox17 News got wind of what we were doing and shed some light on it in a recent article: “Therapy comes in various forms, according to Jonathan League, the general manager of BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League. BATL has grown in the past decade from Canada to several locations nationwide. League, a veteran as well, partnered with the founder to open a location in Music City. While League built his first target, he says a friend…”Was completely changed. He didn’t need drugs or a long talk. He just needed to throw an ax.” If you’re wondering how a trip to BATL can be incorporated into your next outing in Nashville, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. BATL offers many ways to get involved with the urban sport of axe throwing, which means finding the right option is as easy as hitting a bullseye. We offer: League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. 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 International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) umbrella, the world’s 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. BATL Casual: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered. BATL Casual is offered on Friday: 7PM – 9PM*, Saturday: 12PM – 2PM, and Sunday: 2PM – 4PM. *We also offer BATL Casual from 5PM – 11PM Friday (Nashville Only). Private Axe Throwing Event Bookings: BATL offers private event bookings that last 1.5 hours for groups of 6 and up. You’ll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round-robin style tournament, single-elimination playoff, and big axe practice – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you. So whether you live in the Nashville area, or plan on visiting Music City with some friends, stop by BATL Nashville (located at 1302 Gallatin Avenue) and experience the best axe throwing that Tenessee has to offer!
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Free Axe Throwing at BATL

Take some stress off this holiday season! One bullseye at a time. Join us Wednesday, December 11 to throw for free anytime between 6 – 10 pm (local) at every BATL location!  Save-the-date on Facebook! Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Time: 6 pm to 10 pm Open Locations: Calgary, 2151 32 St NE #80 Chicago, 4842 W Irving Park Rd Hamilton, 80 James St N Houston Heights, 1431 W 20th St Unit B Kitchener, 69 Agnes St London, 40 Adelaide St N Unit 2 Nashville, 1302 Gallatin Ave Niagara Falls, 4437 Queen St Novi, 44175 West 12 Mile Road suite f-141 Ottawa, 2615 Lancaster Rd #29 Orlando, 55 W Church St Suite 113 Pickering, 813 Brock Rd #11 Scottsdale, 7919 E Thomas Rd #102 Toronto Port Lands, 33 Villiers St Toronto Stockyards 30 Weston Rd Unit C109  
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Axe Club of America joins BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

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Axe Club of America Joins BATL

We are excited to announce that BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League is acquiring Axe Club of America’s (ACoA) three North Carolina locations and their operations effective November 1, 2019. All ACoA venue staff will join the BATL team and we are thrilled to be working together. There are two ACoA venues in Charlotte and one in Winston-Salem. They have been serving their North Carolina communities since 2017. ACoA and BATL are both proud members of the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF). The IATF was established in early 2016 to service the sport of axe throwing globally and facilitate inter-league competition amongst members.  The ACoA and BATL relationship has been a good one for a long time and both teams are excited to have been able to make this deal happen. Scott Gadd, one of the founders of ACoA, says they’re ready to fold into the BATL family, who also uphold shared values and beliefs for the community, peers, and the sport of axe throwing. In the short term, the ACoA brand and operations will continue business as usual. In future, we will be looking to adopt best practises from both organizations to best serve our teams and guests.  This acquisition continues BATL’s expansion plans throughout North America. ACoA will represent the American east coast hub. Since the sport’s inception in the backyard of BATL CEO Matt Wilson, the business has grown to more than 2 million people experiencing the thrill of axe throwing in our facilities. “We are thrilled to have the ACoA team join the BATL family,” said Wilson, “and we are looking forward to working together with ACoA to further grow the sport of axe throwing.”  With 19 locations – and more to come – BATL is one of the premier axe throwing organizations in North America. BATL’s guiding principle is simple: to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community.  Welcome to the BATL community to everyone at ACoA!
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BATL Orlando Grand Opening

Join us for our official Grand Opening party at BATL Orlando! Experience an exclusive night of FREE axe throwing, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food & drinks, and a chance to win great prizes! Save-the-date on Facebook! Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 Time: 7 pm to 11 pm Location: BATL Orlando is located in the Church St. Marketplace on W. Pine St. at 55 W Church St. and there’s more….extended free axe throwing: to keep the celebration going, join us for more nights of free axe throwing on Friday, November 22 from 7 – 11 pm! About BATL Orlando BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League was established in the backyard of CEO Matt Wilson in 2006. What began as a personal passion ignited by a camping trip soon travelled through word of mouth in Toronto, and today nearly 2 million people have experienced the adventure of throwing axes at one of our locations, including our new facility in Orlando, Florida. The Backyard Axe Throwing League is the premier axe throwing facility in Florida. BATL Orlando is located in the heart of downtown Orlando in the Church Street Market Place and is capable of hosting parties from 2 to over 100 people. Orlando Axe Throwing Leagues Our weekly axe throwing leagues will be the best excuse to get together with friends, make a few new ones and enjoy a little competition in Orlando, Florida. With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually, while receiving tips from our friendly BATL Orlando coaches – and plenty of time to relax between axe throwing. Outdoor Axe Throwing in Orlando Our outdoor axe throwing packages are completely insured, equipped and available for both full and half-day bookings throughout Orlando and Florida. Our team of expert staff can provide a customized axe throwing experience based on your unique event needs to make your next event one of the most amazing memories of the year for everyone who participates in axe throwing!
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Everything You Need To Know About BATL: The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Who We Are: BATL BATL (the Backyard Axe Throwing League) is not only the premier axe throwing destination in North America, we’re also the pioneers of the sport. Bringing the sport of urban axe throwing to the masses since 2006, we’re the foremost authority on the thrilling pastime that’s taken the world by storm. Wondering who we are and just how we started? Learn a little bit more about BATL, the Backyard Axe Throwing League. The History Of BATL The sport of urban axe throwing that has taken the world by storm started in way way that is fairly predictable: at a cottage with friends. In 2006, founder and CEO Matt Wilson to a cabin in Southern Ontario with his closest pals and after hours of rain, they had to find a way to keep busy. The group began throwing hatches at a tree, and instantly felt the cathartic release of sinking an axe into softwood. Little did they know this was the start of something huge. Upon returning home to Toronto Matt decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how enjoyable throwing an axe could be. They didn’t need much convincing. Before long a point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition. 8 friends quickly grew to 16, and 16 quickly grew to 32. Before he knew it, Matt was hosting 2 full leagues of a total of 60+ per night in his backyard, not including all the spectators that would stop by to catch a glimpse of our exciting new sport. It didn’t take long for the crowds of people that had heard of our weekly axe meetings in a downtown Toronto backyard to make us realized that we had outgrown our small space. In 2011, BATL made its first move indoors into a nondescript warehouse in the west end of the city. With Matt still working his job as a bartender 3 days a week, our new location could only host leagues 4 nights a week – and believe it or not, that wasn’t nearly enough. The wait list continued to grow, and we quickly realized that we had to make this experience available to not just our league members but also the more casual would-be axe thrower. BATL instantly started offering private tournaments, and that’s when axe throwing began to take off. The Expansion Of The Backyard Axe Throwing League Our only location was fully booked three months in advance year round, making it obvious to us that the demand for axe throwing wasn’t going anywhere. In December of 2013, BATL opened its second location in a huge space in the east end of Toronto (nearly 5 times the size of our Sterling Road location), and the rest is history. Since then, BATL has ballooned to have 15 locations (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Scottsdale, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, and Orlando in the United States). BATL now employs nearly 400 expertly trained axe gurus that teach over 300,000 people a year how to have an amazing time while throwing an axe. Countless celebrities have since graced us with their presence at locations everywhere, and we’ve been featured on TSN, CBC and The History Channel, MTV, Vice, and more – in addition to The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in print. What We Offer: All Things Axe Throwing Axe Throwing League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. 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. Walk-In Axe Throwing Sessions: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered. Private Axe Throwing Event Bookings: BATL offers two types of private event bookings: 1-hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up. No matter which private event you book, you’ll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you. If you haven’t made the trip to BATL, find a location near you and experience the unique thrill of axe throwing for yourself!
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How To Throw An Axe at BATL

The Backyard Axe Throwing League pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006, so it’s no surprise that we’re known across the world as the best at what we do. It all started with 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 home to Toronto, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how cathartic throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. A point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition. 8 friends quickly grew to 16, and 16 quickly grew to 32. Before he knew it, Matt was hosting 2 full leagues of a total of 60+ per night in his backyard, not including all the spectators that would stop by to catch a glimpse of our exciting new sport. It’s 2019, and BATL now has 15 locations across North America. You can find the Backyard Axe Throwing League in Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Calgary, and Hamilton in Canada; and Chicago, Novi/Detroit, Nashville, Scottsdale, and Houston in the US. It truly has never been easier to experience the unique thrill of axe throwing with BATL. Worried that your skills may not yet be developed for the sport of urban axe throwing? We’ve devised a handy guide to help you out with your axe throwing game. Check out these tips from our resident axe gurus: Basics / Your Axe Throwing Stance It’s always good to start with the basics. These tips will help you get ready to throw your axe: It’s important to start with your opposite foot forward, in order to create balance with your dominant leg. When you’re throwing, it’s important to remember two things: lean in, and follow through. Keep your arms straight and your eyes level with the target on the board. This will keep you focused, and help you with aiming. How to Aim Your Axe Now that you’ve got your stance, the next step is to aim your axe. These are some things to keep in mind: Keep your eyes on the target – look directly at where you want the axe to go, and throw! Aiming is all muscle memory, so try to replicate your motions every time you have a successful throw. Breathe! Two Handed Throwing Technique This is the standard technique that we’ve been teaching our guests for the last 13 years: Place your dominant hand at the bottom of the axe Wrap your other hand around your dominant hand Keep your thumbs off the back of your axe Bring the axe all the way back Lean in all the way forward while releasing your axe One Handed Throwing Technique We always recommend starting with two hands, but there is a certain allure to the one handed throw. Keep these things in mind when throwing with one hand: Keep your thumb off the back of the axe Keep your elbow in Don’t bring your arm across your body when releasing (like a baseball pitcher) Less is more. You don’t have to throw your hardest   The Big Axe One of the most exciting parts of axe throwing, the big axe can be daunting. But really, it’s just like throwing a hatchet. Here are some tips to help you master the big axe: Always use both hands on the axe, stacked on the handle like you’re holding a baseball bat with your dominant hand on top The big axe takes longer to rotate – you’ll need to stand back 5 feet from the hatchet throwing line It’s imporant to bring the axe all the way back, to generate more power due to the weight Aim high! Adusting Your Throw There’s always a learning curve when learning a new skill. It’s helpful to identify issues and correct your throw as you learn. These are some possible adjustments you can make: Standing further or closer to adjust axe rotation issues Move your stance from left to right to compensate for accuracy Adjusting your power levels to improve your control If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be hitting bullseyes in no time. Now that you have a grasp of the basics of axe throwing, you just need to figure out what Backyard Axe Throwing League experience is best for you. BATL offers many ways to get involved with axe throwing, suited to any and every event. Walk-in Axe Throwing: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered. Private Event Bookings: Our private event group bookings are offered for groups of 2 and up and are perfectly suited for any occasion – adult birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building, or just an outing with friends. Private event bookings include one on one coaching from our expert staff, followed by a round robin tournament and playoff and last from 2-2.5 hours. Weekly League Play: Looking to master how to throw an axe at BATL? Then check out our weekly axe throwing leagues. Our leagues are the perfect excuse to get together with friends, make a few new ones and enjoy a little competition. With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and plenty of time to hang out between throwing. Find the axe throwing experience that is right for you, and plan a trip to BATL: the Backyard Axe Throwing League for your next outing!
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Planning Your Next Corporate Event At BATL

With the last weeks of summer upon us, businesses all across North America are beginning to plan their holiday season corporate outings. It’s never too early to start planning, after all. There are many things to consider when planning a corporate group outing for you and your team to ensure a memorable time for everybody involved. We’ve put together a list of some tips to keep in mind when planning your next company outing. Step 1 – Figure Out The Basics For Team Building The first thing to consider is always the who, what, where, when, and why – as well as how many! What is your budget? In what city will the event be held? What type of venue would accommodate your needs? Who are the targeted external clients? What type of event will draw them in? An upscale cocktail event? Dinner? Fun interactive activity? Who will be attending from your company? Why is the event being held? What is the ultimate goal? Who will be responsible for inviting clients and RSVP management? Write down the answers to those questions before you start anything else. Step 2 – Get Input From Your Awsome Staff Not everybody loves surprises – so keep this in mind when planning your next corporate outing. It’s unreasonable to think that all of your employees will have similar interests and likes, so getting a quick read of what might go over well can go a long way. Keep in mind that you’re all not likely to agree on the same thing, but using valuable input from each of your employees can bring you closer to finding an activity that everybody can get behind. Step 3 – Save The Date: We’re Going Axe Throwing! Once the proposed date has been selected and city identified, check not only your calendar, but that of your industry and location of the event. Is there an industry conference scheduled at the same time? School breaks, religious holidays and other significant events can affect your attendance as well as the logistics of an event. Ideally you should plan your event at least eight weeks out, allowing for invite list development, Save the Dates to be sent six weeks out, invites to be sent four weeks prior to your event, with reminders two weeks in advance of the event. Step 4 – Picking the Right Location While the newest trampoline park on the outskirts of town may be appealing for your event, your venue should reflect your audience and the business purpose of the event itself. Take into consideration the commuting patterns in the city where your event is to be held. For instance, in Toronto, venues that are close to subway lines and GO Transit or Via Rail Canada trains draw large after-work crowds. Whereas in Ottawa, most people drive, so venues with easy access to major highways are preferred. Step 5 – Make Sure Your Employees Needs Are Met When setting up your invitations and RSVP options, be sure to provide and allow for information that makes your guests feel welcome. Make sure your guests can provide any dietary restrictions. Can they bring a partner or business associate with them? If so, make that clear. Are you providing valet parking? The more information you can provide at this point, the more welcome your clients will feel—and the less you’ll need to manage the night of the event! Step 6 – Choosing Your Activity: Axe Throwing at BATL There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for team-building activities. But by paying attention to the everyday routine of your team, getting employees involved in planning, and asking strategic questions, you can keep the eye rolls to a minimum. With all these things considered, where do you go next? Gone are the days of traditional staff get togethers – and nothing quite breaks tradition like axe throwing. The sport of axe throwing was established in 2006 in the Toronto backyard of Matt Wilson. What started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip with friends soon spread through word-of-mouth in Toronto. Matt Wilson spent his career learning the ropes of the hospitality business in Toronto, which enabled the creation of the first-ever urban axe throwing venue in Toronto, The Backyard Axe Throwing League. Urban axe throwing is comprised of ‘arenas,’ which are similar to a cross between a batting cage and bowling alley, with private space for groups of any size, and a music selection. The Backyard Axe Throwing League has never been more accessible and now boasts 15 venues across North America (Toronto, Kitchener, Pickering, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada and Novi, Chicago, Nashville, Scottsdale, and Houston in the United States – not to mention more venues opening this year, including BATL Orlando). BATL is the perfect venue to host your next staff outing. Our private axe throwing events last 2-2.5 hours and are run in the safe and comfortable environment that BATL has become famous for by our expertly trained staff, who also happen to be the best axe throwers in the planet. They will run you and your guests through training to ensure that you’re all sticking bullseyes before launching you into a round robin tournament, followed by a playoff (in order to crown a champion, of course). A little friendly competition is a key to a team building outing so if you’re looking for the perfect event for your next corporate party, look no further than BATL. You can check out our event guide to learn more on how we can accommodate your team!
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Top Things To Do In Orlando This Fall

Summer in most of the Sunshine State of Florida usually means two things: extreme heat and torrential rain. While it’s possible to find time in between storm clouds and heat waves to cool off in the ocean or just enjoy some time outside, one thing is for certain: autumn is the official beginning of Florida Season. Located centrally in Florida less than 4 hours from Miami, Jacksonville, or Tampa Bay lies Orlando. It’s true: Orlando is a magical place. And it’s not just because it’s home to Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World. There’s an incredible mix of fun things to do in this great city that make it an ideal vacationing spot for not only families but young singles, baby boomers, foodies, outdoor adventurous types, luxury shoppers and international visitors. While the city was built on theme park fame, the number and variety of Orlando attractions have grown to include world-famous restaurants, high-end outlet shopping centers, theatrical performances, and amazing concert and sporting event venues. Golfers love the challenging and historic courses throughout the city, and art-lovers enjoy the Orlando Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum of American Art as well as a number of small, funky galleries and art studios sprinkled throughout the area. All that was missing from the Orlando area? Axe throwing. That is, until now. BATL is excited to become part of the Orlando community, opening our 16th location and first in the Sunshine State of Florida this September that will serve the entire area of Greater Orlando including Kissimmee, Sanford, Saint Cloud, Winter Garden, Daytona Beach and more. If you live in the Orlando area or are planning a trip there this fall, let us help you out with some tips and make the most of your time in the theme park capital of the world. Plan A Trip To BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League Orlando The sport of urban axe throwing that has taken the world by storm started just as you might think it would: at a cottage with friends. In 2006, founder and CEO Matt Wilson to a cabin just outside of Toronto with his closest pals and after hours of rain, they had to find a way to keep busy. The group began throwing hatches at a tree, and instantly felt the cathartic release of sinking an axe into softwood. Little did they know this was the start of something huge. Coming Fall of 2019, BATL is excited to open our first Florida location right in the heart of Orlando. Looking to get involved with BATL Orlando? We offer many ways to get involved in the sport of urban axe throwing that we started back in 2006. BATL Casual, Walk-In Axe Throwing Sessions: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered. BATL Premium, Private Axe Throwing Event Bookings: BATL Orlando will offer two types of private event bookings: 1-hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up. No matter which private event you book, you’ll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and BATL Orlando is getting set up to offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you. BATL League, Weekly League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. BATL Orlando will be no different. 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. Other Top Fall Activities In Orlando, via 10best.com Visit an Orlando Theme Park This one is a no brainer. Visitors both young and young at heart can immerse themselves in the world’s top theme parks right here in Orlando. Whether it’s the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, endless adventures at Universal Orlando Resort, an aquatic wonderland at SeaWorld Orlando, or building family fun at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Orlando has theme parks that are perfect for you. What’s more, our parks continually have new projects on the horizon, so even the most frequent visitors will always find fresh ways to create lasting memories, year after year, in Orlando: Theme Park Capital of the World. Central Florida Oktoberfest This uber authentic German festival has gotten so popular over the years that the German American Society of Central Florida has had to start selling tickets to keep the place from overcrowding. With two October weekends in which to get your oompah on, this resplendent celebration of German beer, food and music is family friendly, festive and a great way to usher in the start of fall. In 2019, the weekends of October 4-5 and 25-26 (Friday/Saturday) will bring with them Hofbrau on tap, live music all day (or evening) long, friendly and festive schunkeling with the band and more. Epcot International Wine And Food Festival Like clockwork with the fall holiday calendar (autumn brings with it a host of holidays that inspire many to throw temporary diet caution to the wind!), Walt Disney World’s renown Epcot International Food & Wine Festival brings the foodies out in full force. Why? How about tens of international food and beverage marketplaces from which to sample? How about a concert series with nightly performance from well known acts? How about an array of culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars by celebrity chefs and TV personalities? Add to this that all of it (save the food/wine purchases you make on site) are included with regular admission to Epcot and you’ve got a winner of a festival that runs for several weeks throughout the season. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens From goats at the petting zoo to the super cool insect zoo (your enthusiasm will depend on your comfort level with creepy-crawlies) this Sanford Zoo isn’t as small as it may seem. More than 500 animals representing roughly 200 species call this place home, including elephants, llamas, cheetah, apes and a whole house full of reptiles to ooh and ahh over. Active visitors may want to take a turn on the on-site aerial adventure course and everyone enjoys the weekend Keeper Chats. Who wouldn’t want to learn more about the zoo’s colorful, beautiful residents? Be sure to make the most of your time in magical Orlando, and make a stop to the brand new BATL Orlando location is a must the next time you’re in the area!
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Situated on the east coast of Florida, the Sunshine State, you surely remember hearing about Orlando as a kid. Home to over a dozen theme parks such as Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and Universal Orlando offering Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No matter if you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, Orlando has something for you. The third biggest city in Florida at over 2 million residents in the metro area, it’s also so much more than just a theme park city. Known for its arts and culture, endless dining options, and proximity to the ocean, Orlando is sure to have something for everyone – except axe throwing. That is, until now. BATL is excited to become part of the Orlando community, opening our 16th location and first in the Sunshine State of Florida that serves the entire area of Greater Orlando including Kissimmee, Sanford, Saint Cloud, Winter Garden, Daytona Beach and more. Want to learn more about BATL and what we offer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League It’s been 13 years since the Backyard Axe Throwing League brought urban axe throwing to the masses, using the axe as a tool to bring people together. 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 home to Toronto, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how cathartic throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. A point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition. 8 friends quickly grew to 16, and 16 quickly grew to 32. Before he knew it, Matt was hosting 2 full leagues of a total of 60+ per night in his backyard, not including all the spectators that would stop by to catch a glimpse of our exciting new sport. Before long, we had to move our operations indoors – which led to opening 10 locations across Canada between 2015-2018. That was just the beginning. Axe Throwing Expansion Into The US In 2017, BATL stepped across the border to open our very first location in the United States. We partnered with Throw Nashville to bring BATL’s brand of urban axe throwing to Music City, and that would mark the beginning of our US growth. Shortly after, we teamed forces with Thunderbolt Axe Throwing to bring BATL’s brand of urban axe throwing to the Chicago Masses. It instantly caught on in the windy city, and BATL Chicago has been a driving force in the community or Irving Park ever since. In 2018, we opened the doors to BATL Novi, bringing axe throwing to metro Detroit. Finally, in December of 2018, BATL Scottsdale opened to the public, bringing axe throwing to the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix greater area now as the ability to experience the unique thrill provided by axe throwing, and we’re excited to begin to grow the sport. Lastly, we opened up shop in the Lone Star state, making Houston Heights our first BATL location in Texas. We’re just getting started, with more US locations planned in the next year. What To Expect At BATL Orlando Free Axe Throwing: Just like every other BATL location, BATL Orlando will be giving the area a taste of axe throwing for free for a month leading up to our opening. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement for our open house, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn how to throw an axe with friends & family for free! BATL Leagues | Orlando League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. BATL Orlando will be no exception. 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. BATL Casual | Walk-In Axe Throwing Sessions: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League Houston has you covered. BATL Premium | Private Axe Throwing Event Booking: BATL Orlando offers two types of private event booking; 1-hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up. No matter which private event you book, you’ll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you. Stay tuned for our open house and grand opening announcements, and get ready to experience BATL Orlando!
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