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The Backyard Axe Throwing League
The Home of Axe Throwing Since 2006
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Make Axe Throwing Your Fall Sport

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Dawn Richardd of web blog Sensible Reason recently offered up some insight in a recent article, "joining a sports league is a popular idea for anyone who wants to meet new people and practice a skill, and people are flocking to axe throwing leagues in Toronto like never before."  We can't argue with that advice!

Our weekly axe throwing leagues are what put axe throwing on the map in North America, which started back in 2006.  Since then, our leagues have welcomed thousands of members at all 11 of our locations across Canada and the United States.

League play lasts 8 weeks - 7 weeks of round robin style play followed by a double elimination playoff on week 8.  Our leagues are run by experienced axe throwing coaches (who are all league members themselves), meaning you can feel comfortable joining no matter what your skill level.  The last league seasons of 2017 will be starting in the coming weeks, so sign up now either individually or with friends and do something different to stay active this fall!

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10 Year Anniversary Axe Throwing Party

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We’ve been the Home of Axe Throwing Since 2006, and what better way to say thank-you to everyone who has helped shape the BATL community into what we are today than to throw an incredible private concert exclusively for those who we love and call the BATL Family.

The show will take place Monday, 4 September at our Toronto West location in Galleria Mall – shortly after our Summer Skills axe throwing competition wraps up.

The set-list includes Sleepfighter (formerly Vesper Lynd), Rules and features The Bronx as our headline act, with set times of 8pm9pm and 10pm (times subject to change based on the ending of our Summer Skills competition).

Anyone who purchased Skills tickets before 9 August has admission to the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s 10-year anniversary party included with their ticket.  Skills ticket sales after 9 August do not have concert admission included with their Skills ticket, but tickets to the concert can be bought for an additional $20.  Tickets will be available to the general public at the door for $30 (subject to availability).

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Early Bird Tickets Ending Soon For Summer Skills

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The countdown is ON!  We're only a month away from our annual Summer Skills axe throwing competition taking place this Labour Day at our Toronto West location inside Galleria Mall, and we have secured the headlining band for our 10-year anniversary party that will follow.  It's gonna be HUGE.

Ticket prices will be going up when we announce the band this coming Wednesday, which leaves you only 4 more days to get your early bird tickets ($30 to compete in skills and entrance to the concert).  Capacity is limited, so get your tickets while you can. Starting Wednesday, entrance to the concert will NOT be included in the $30 Skills sign up fee.  Tickets for the afterparty will be available at a cost of $20 for our axe throwing league members and $30 for all other guests.  Feel free to start guessing the band now!

The Backyard Axe Throwing League’s yearly Summer Skills competition brings together the best axe throwers from all across North America, including the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) to compete against one another in a day long affair.  Games included in Summer Skills are Around The World, Blackjack, Doubles, and Yahtzee. As always, spectators are welcome at no charge!

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Tickets to Summer Skills go on Sale Today

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This year’s axe throwing Summer Skills competition is just around the corner, and will be taking place on Monday 4 September, at the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s Toronto West location in Galleria Mall.  This year’s event will also be sanctioned by the NATF, with Federation members travelling to compete from across Ontario and North America.

Tickets go on sale today at all BATL locations, with limited quantities available for both players and spectators.  Early bird pricing is $30 per person before 23 August, and $35 from 24 – 30 August, which will also include a meal ticket and admission to the concert scheduled to take place on-site after axe throwing is done.

Doors open at 1pm, with axe throwing Skills events starting at 2pm, including Blackjack, Doubles, Around the World and Yahtzee.  Full details and instructional videos for each Skills video can be found online at nationalaxe.com.

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Winter Axe Throwing Skills Video Now Up

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We've got some major announcements coming up for our yearly Summer Skills competition happening this Labour Day (Monday September 4th), but first we figured we'd tease you with a video from our Winter Skills competition this past February at our Toronto East location. Thanks to Beau's All Natural Brewing for the video work, and their constant support for the sport of axe throwing.

The events (as always) include Blackjack, Doubles, Around the World and Yahtzee.  Tickets go on sale July 9th, so stay tuned for all the details. Any Axe Throwing organizations out there interested in being a part of this ever-growing competitive community, don't be shy. Reach out at nationalaxe.com and we can let you know how you can be a part of the movement.

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Axe Throwing Summer Skills 2017

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With season 3 of our weekly leagues well under way all across Canada, and our yearly Summer Skills competition happening on Labour this September now on the horizon, you may be curious just how exactly we at the Backyard Axe Throwing League operate and regulate our weekly leagues.

BATL is a founding member of The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF), which represents the sport of axe throwing on behalf of over 1700 league member organizations in four countries globally, with a specific mandate to promote universal safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol.

The NATF was established in 2016 to service the sport of axe throwing with the vision of creating a standardized rule system to enable broad and accessible competition amongst players.   NATF league play culminates in the annual National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC).  Learn more about the NATF via their website!

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Next Axe Throwing Season Starts Soon

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The weather is finally turning around, and that means the next seasons of our axe throwing league are starting up at BATL soon!  Our leagues are the perfect way to get out and mingle with like-minded people, who are all there to enjoy friendly competition of an amazing sport while building new relationships with their peers.  With no prior experience necessary you’ll compete individually amongst up to 30 other players and receive guidance from our skilled coaches – with plenty of time to get to know one another between throwing.

Once registered at your nearest location, you’ll throw on the same night every week for or 8 weeks, consisting of 7 weeks of regulation play during which you’ll throw 4 matches weekly on the night of your choosing (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesdays).  The 8th week is a playoff night during which the top 16 competitors face off in a double-elimination axe throwing tournament to crown a winner for the season.  Sign-up online for a location near you today!

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Axe Throwing For A Good Cause

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This past February, the Backyard Axe Throwing League took part in and hosted the inaugural National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) put on by the National Axe Throwing Federation.  The NATC had NATF-sanctioned axe throwing venues from across North America compete in a day long competition, with all proceeds going to The Red Door Family Shelter.  The tally is in, and the fun weekend of axe throwing raised over $4000 in support of the charity - which is truly amazing.

The Red Door Family Shelter is a non-profit that features a dedicated and caring staff team addresses the particular needs of families in crisis. The services provided reduce the impact of homelessness by providing safe and supportive shelter to hundreds of families each year. It helps keep families together by providing services for the whole family, and assists each family in establishing a stable life beyond the shelter.

Thanks again to all of our staff, participants, and of course our sponsors - who helped put on such a truly amazing event.

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National Axe Throwing Championship 2017 Photos are Posted!

by Brian Simmons 0 comments

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A special #tbt to the first annual National Axe Throwing Championship and All-Star Weekend held this past Family Day Weekend at BATL Toronto. Congratulations to the Wilson Cup champion Stefan Herda, and runners up Adam Tavares (2) and Brian Starling (3).  The Backyard Axe Throwing League dominated the podium this year, but hats off to everyone else who competed and made it such a memorable weekend.

A collection of amazing photos from the 2017 National Axe Throwing Championship have just been posted to help you relive the highlights of this year's amazing competition.

None of this would be possible without the hard work from our volunteers, and an extra special shout out to all of our sponsors: Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Sailor Jerry, Woodhouse Brewing Co., Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, The Dock Ellis, The Emmet Ray, FirePower Capital, Fogler Rubinoff LLP and Fresh Ink Apparel.  We can't wait to see what the next year has in store for our sport. Check out all the photos from this year's axe throwing festivities on the National Axe Throwing Federation at www.nationalaxe.com

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Staff Sunday Recognized NATC Volunteers

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It's hard to believe that it's been a week since BATL hosted first annual National Axe Throwing Championships (NATC)/ Winter Skills competition...because it feels like yesterday.  We have to take a minute to thank the dozens of dedicated staff members that volunteered their time to score your games, device your axes, paint your bullseyes, and tell you where you're supposed to be (amongst other things) throughout the course of this year’s All Star Weekend, which took place at Toronto East.

To host a 175 person axe throwing tournament over two venues in 14 hours is no small feat - but thanks to the volunteers from BATL locations all across Canada, it couldn’t have gone any smoother.  Seriously, we can’t thank you guys enough for everything you do.  You should all give yourselves a pat on the back, we’d be nowhere without you.  Much love.  #batlstaffsunday

Summer Skills Competition

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