Posted: August 9, 2019

How To Throw An Axe at BATL

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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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Hamilton is becoming more and more popular as a destination city in Southern Ontario, and it’s no wonder why. For a long time it’s been stuck in the shadow of its big sister down the QEW (Toronto), but over the past decade the City of Hamilton, Ontario – also known as the Hammer – has become a world-class city of its own. Now a city of over half a million people, a big influx began due to it being a more affordable option than living in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, the list goes on – but it’s not just cheap rent that is bringing people to this once-thriving industrial steel city. Situated on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton and the surrounding area provides countless conservation areas, waterfalls, and trails for the outdoor-minded. It’s not just its the surrounding environment that gives Hamilton its charm. If you think the only restaurant scene in southern Ontario is in Toronto, then you obviously haven’t visited Hamilton for a meal in some time. Hamilton has exploded in the past few years as a top Canadian culinary destination with a number of amazing restaurants and events that celebrate Ontario’s rich bounty while remaining earnestly community-oriented. In addition to dining experiences, Hamilton also boasts many award-winning breweries (Merit, Collective Arts, and Grain and Grit just to name a few), as well as a widely recognized cocktail scene (with places such as Bar Sazerac, and L’etranger). We at the Backyard Axe Throwing League opened BATL Hamilton, our newest location in Canada, back at the end of 2017. that offer the best axe throwing experience possible. Since opening our doors, The Backyard Axe Throwing League Hamilton has quickly grown into a community favourite and a top destination within the city for a night out with friends or colleagues. BATL now boasts 16 venues – with Hamilton, Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, London, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Calgary, and Vaughn in Canada; and Nashville, Novi (Detroit), Chicago, Houston, Scottsdale, Charlotte Loso & Plaza Midwood, Winston-Salem and Orlando in the United states. The Backyard Axe Throwing League pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006, so it’s no surprise that we’re the best at what we do. Our weekly league play is what made us famous, but each of our 16 locations across North America offer other ways to get involved with axe throwing. Our private event group bookings are offered for groups of 2 and up (BATL Premium) 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. If you’re looking to get involved in our sport with less commitment, each BATL venue also offers weekly public walk-in sessions (BATL Casual) with no advance booking required; just show up and hone your skill! BATL Hamilton offers a fully licensed bar and food menu, meaning all you have to worry about is throwing axes! A visit to BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League is sure to keep you and your friends entertained and leave a lasting impression. Located conveniently in the Jackson Square area of downtown, BATL Hamilton is easily accessible from Burlington, Stoney Creek, St. Catherines, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and the entire Golden Horseshoe. If you’re looking for a more in-depth way of getting involved, consider joining an axe-throwing league, taking place on weeknights throughout the year at our BATL Hamilton location. BATL Hamilton’s 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 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. Simply put: if you live in the Hamilton area or plan to take a trip in the near future, a stop at BATL Hamilton is a must. But, are you wondering what else Hamilton has in store for a night out with friends? Not to worry – Hamilton offers a bounty of options to let you keep the party going after axe throwing. Go For An Art Crawl Hamilton is a city that is currently blossoming with the arts, and the best way to experience Hamilton’s arts scene is at the city’s famous monthly Art Crawls. On the second Friday of every month, James Street North is transformed into a friendly, bustling art market. Stroll through this downtown arts district and take in the many galleries, studios, shops, restaurants that pulse with the rhythm of a truly welcoming, grassroots arts scene. Take In A Sporting Event Passion for sports runs deep in Hamilton. Whether you want to cheer on our home team or just get in on the action, Hamilton has the perfect sporting event for everybody. Highlights include the city’s iconic Tiger-Cats and the newly rebuilt Tim Hortons Field, Calder Cup-winning OHL team The Hamilton Bulldogs, and top-ranked golf courses. Take In Live Music There’s nothing better than capping off an evening with some live music, and Hamilton’s got lots of it to offer. 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Kitchener-Waterloo is more than just the home to Canada’s largest Oktoberfest. With a population of over 240,000, Kitchener offers big-city excitement without losing its small-town charm. Located in the heart of Southwest Ontario, Waterloo Region provides the perfect balance between rural and urban, nature and technology, classical and contemporary, tranquillity and adventure. Also known as Silicon Valley North. It’s quite the title to live up to, but the growing branch of tech companies from Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto are making it a reality. With offices for Google, Communitech, OpenText, Shopify, and more, Kitchener-Waterloo has become one of Canada’s technology hot spots, and boasts some of the highest success rates in the country for the tech companies that are based here. More than that, Kitchener is set amongst some of the most scenic locations in Ontario – which makes it a great hub for both outdoor and indoor activities. Looking for the best ways to spend your time in the Tri-City area? Look no further than a trip to BATL Kitchener. Located in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo (and also serving Cambridge, Guelph, Ayr, Elmira, Paris, and more) the Backyard Axe Throwing League has delivered axe throwing to the Tri-Cities since 2015. Only 2 blocks from King and Victoria Streets, BATL Kitchener can host parties from 2 – 90 people, and is easily accessible from Cambridge, Elora, Fergus, Princeton, Paris, and the entire Golden Horseshoe. While you’re axe throwing, BATL Kitchener offers a fully licensed bar and kitchen serving a selection of local beers, wine and coolers as well as a delicious shareable food menu in partnership with Pepi’s Pizza and Southern Ontario Smoked BBQ. Wondering how it all started? 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. Over the past 5 years, BATL Kitchener has hosted people from all over South Western Ontario and taught them the ways of our sport, and it’s been a complete success. 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They say everything is bigger in Texas.  BATL opened its doors in Houston, Texas this past spring – setting the stage for axe throwing to take over. The Houston metro area has long been known as a hub for creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a thriving hub for arts, culture, and dining.  Naturally, all of those factors make BATL a perfect fit – and we’re excited to make Houston the home of our first BATL venue in the Lone Star State, serving the entire area of Greater Houston including The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Baytown, and Conroe. The Houston Chronicle recently had a feature on BATL Houston, and they summed it up nicely: “There are few activities that double as lightly competitive neighborhood get-together and skill-building set for the zombie apocalypse, but backyard axe throwing is one. The Heights chapter of the Backyard Axe Throwing League is hard at work bringing the growing sport to Houston…Think of axe throwing as cornhole or darts, but more so. Competitors stand away from a target and hurl axes towards it for points. The axes used are camping hatchets, not full-sized ones or that battleaxe you picked up from the Renaissance Festival.” This is just the beginning, as BATL gears up to open new locations in Texas this year in Austin and San Antonio (just to name a few).  Wondering what it is that makes BATL the premier urban axe throwing destination in North America?   Look no further. Who We Are It’s been almost 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. 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We partnered with Throw Nashville to bring BATL’s brand of urban axe throwing to Music City, now BATL Nashville, 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.  Recently, BATL Houston and BATL Orlando opened in 2019. What To Expect At BATL Houston 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 Houston 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 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 IATF also gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing. 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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). 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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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