They grow up so fast. It seems like just yesterday that the Backyard Axe Throwing League teamed up with Throw Nashville to bring our own brand of urban axe throwing to the masses. Fast forward to one year later, and BATL Nashville has taken the entire state of Tennessee by storm, with no plans of slowing down!
BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League
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, Canada 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.
BATL opened its second location in Toronto in the winter of 2013, and the rest is history. Now, in 2018, there are 13 BATL venues across North America (including Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Pickering, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada, and Metro Detroit, Chicago, and Nashville in the United States). BATL Nashville was formed in 2017, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring our sport to Music City and its surrounding area.
Axe Throwing 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 centres 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.
BATL Nashville, recently featured in the travel website Made in Tennessee, offers many ways to get involved in our sport. So, whether you’re an experienced thrower or looking for something a little more casual with a group of friends, BATL Nashville has you covered.
Private Group Bookings
BATL Nashville offers private group bookings for groups of 2 and up, and are perfectly suited to adult birthday parties, corporate team building events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and much more.
Our private 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 any outing with friends, and BATL Nashville also offers a fully licensed bar and food menu – so you can worry about throwing axes and leave the rest to us!
Axe Throwing Leagues
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. Joining an axe throwing league is a great excuse to get out of the house and engage in some weekly friendly competition. But more than that, it’s a chance to meet new friends and be part of an extremely tight-knit community. At BATL, our mission is to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. Our league members come from all walks of life, and are some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet – and we can guarantee that you’ll make lasting friendships in the process.
Walk-In Axe Throwing
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. With our walk-in sessions being hourly, it’s the perfect way to start your night before heading to a Predators game!
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 wish us a happy birthday. We can’t wait to keep growing and meeting members of our community. Cheers to many more, Nashville!