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Top Things To Do In Scottsdale This Winter

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Top Things To Do In Scottsdale This Winter

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League is gearing up to open our 14th location later this month in the Valley of the Sun - Scottsdale, Arizona. We're excited to make the state of Arizona our new home, and can't wait to join forces with everyone in our community.

BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

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.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League was founded in 2006 in a Toronto backyard, making us the first to pioneer the sport of urban axe throwing. Since then, we have expanded to 14 locations in North America including Toronto, London, Niagara Falls, Calgary, Ottawa, and many more (with even more on the way) - bringing axe throwing to countless guests. Last year, BATL started its expansion into the USA with locations in Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; Novi, Michigan; and finally our newest venue in Scottsdale, Arizona! Don't see your city on the list? Not to worry! We've got more US locations in the works, including Houston, Texas and more.

Scottsdale may have a reputation as a travel destination, but it’s also a city brimming with a 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 the excellent quality of life mixed with tourist appeal.

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. BATL Scottsdale is located in the downtown area - known as Old Town Scottsdale - which 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.

Planning a winter trip to Scottsdale, and wondering what you should pencil into your schedule? We've got you covered!

Plan A Visit To BATL Scottsdale

At BATL Scottsdale, we stand by the belief that throwing an epic party should be fun, simple, and affordable. Private event packages include 1- 2.5 hours of throwing depending on your group size, flexible food options and private space to fit your party’s needs. Trophies and streetwear are available as add-ons for an even more personal touch. Things begin with practice and instruction (no experience necessary!) from BATL’s expert coaches before starting a round robin and group playoff tournament. Private events cost $35.99 – $42.99 + tax per person and are perfectly suited to adult birthday parties, corporate team building events, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Looking for a more casual approach to axe throwing? The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers axe throwing on a walk-in basis at designated times each week. Our coaches will be on hand to instruct those who have never thrown an axe before, and offer tips on technique for more experienced throwers looking to sharpen their skills. Similar to public skating, skiing or swimming – guests throw in a common area with other participants, and may need to make allowance for shared space based on friendly guidance from your BATL coach.

For the die-hards, 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. Our calendar culminates in the National Axe Throwing Championship, with qualifying players competing against the best throwers globally for the Wilson Cup and $7500 in prize money.

Head Out To The Golf Course

It’s no secret that Arizona has some of the best golf courses in the country. Combine that with wintertime in Scottsdale, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great time. Troon North is a “must play” – a fun and challenging course surrounded by beautiful mountains. Camelback Golf Club, Grayhawk Golf Club, and McCormick Ranch Golf Club are also notable courses. Whether you’re considered a rookie or a pro, a game of golf should definitely be on your list of things to do this winter in Scottsdale.

Hitch A Ride In A Hot Air Balloon

There’s probably no better way to explore the beautiful sights of Scottsdale than by hot air balloon. The crisp, winter air and breathtaking views make this winter activity a real treat. There is plenty of hot air balloon tour companies to choose from, like Hot Air Expeditions or Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company. So take your pick, and get ready to soar.

Go To A Hockey Game

Nothing screams winter like hockey - the other Canadian pastime (second to axe throwing, of course). Head out to see an Arizona Coyotes game, located in Glendale a mere 30 minutes from BATL Scottsdale. Cheer on your favourite bruisers and goal scorers on the ice, all the while being surrounded by a desert.

No matter what brings you to the Vally of the Sun this Winter, make the most of it. Enjoy everything Arizona has to offer - and come try out axe throwing with BATL at our newest Scottsdale location and see what all the fuss is about!

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Extreme. Sorta. Campaign

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BATL Launches New Campaign
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How It All Started at 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 began with 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.

Fast forward to 2011 when BATL opened it first indoor location in a nondescript warehouse in the west end of Toronto, and the rest is history. BATL began its expansion with a second location in the east end of Toronto in the winter of 2013. Now, in 2018, there are 14 BATL venues across North America (including Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Pickering, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada, and Metro Detroit, Chicago, Scottsdale, and Nashville in the United States).

What We Offer

With all BATL locations spearheaded by our expertly trained axe gurus, you can expect the same great experience at each of our 14 venues across North America. While our weekly league play is what made us famous, each of our locations offer other more casual ways to get involved with axe throwing. 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 a summer 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, BATL also offers weekly public walk-in sessions with no advance booking required; just show up and hone your skill! Most BATL locations offer a fully licensed bar and food menu, meaning all you have to do is worry about aiming for the bullseye and leave the rest to us.

The Evolution Of Axe Throwing

With the growth of urban axe throwing undeniable across the world, we quickly realized that a governing body to regulate the sport was necessary. Enter The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF), of which BATL is a founding member. The NATF was established in 2016 to service the sport of axe throwing globally, with a vision to create broad and standardized competition amongst players, while providing member support through a mandate to promote universal safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol. All league play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing. Currently sitting at over 4000 league members worldwide, being part of the NATF gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

The NATF also hosts yearly tournaments at BATL, most notably the Summer Skills Competition and the National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) and All-Star Weekend. The next NATC takes place in February of 2019 and is a day-long tournament that will be in its 9th year. The top four members in each league from all NATF members qualify for the pre-tournament, which ends up as a top 192 double elimination tournament. On top of a cash prize, the winner also gets to take home the Wilson Cup - named after BATL founder Matt Wilson.

Extreme. Sorta.

We at BATL are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Giants & Gentlemen to bring our newest (and best to date) marketing campaign. Giants & Gentlemen are world renowned for what the do, working with such companies as RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), Circle K, Wyndham Hotel Group, Indie88, and more. The companies mission statement is simple:

"We are a full-service, strategy, advertising & design agency offering stand-out ideas and zero attitude. As entrepreneurs, we bring a grow or die philosophy to help brands tower like giants, while always acting like gents."

Our new "Extreme. Sorta." campaign is as simple as it sounds: Get extreme, without the potential consequences. While axe throwing is far from a routine activity for most people, we have proven over the past 12 years that its much safer than one might think. All of our coaches go through extensive training to ensure that our guests get the safe and comfortable experience that we've become world famous for. We've timed the launch of our new campaign to coincide with the launch of our newest venue in Arizona: BATL Scottsdale - with free open house axe throwing starting this December.

At BATL, we teach over 300,0000 people how to throw an axe each year – and couldn’t be prouder to be expanding the Backyard Axe Throwing League to over 20 locations across North America. Next on our list is bringing axe throwing to Texas with BATL Houston.

Stay tuned to our coming soon page for all the info about our expansion into the United States in 2019 and beyond! Get out to a BATL venue near you and try your hand at axe throwing with us. Get Sorta Extreme Today!

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Open House Axe Throwing At BATL

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Open House Axe Throwing At BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League is gearing up to open our 14th location in Scottsdale, Arizona this month - and we're celebrating the only way we know how: by bringing free axe throwing to the masses.

Free Axe Throwing at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing Leauge

The Backyard Axe Throwing League is offering free open house axe throwing at all other 13 venues on select dates. Come on out December 12th from 6-10 at our Yorkdale, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary venues in Canada; and Novi, Nashville, and Chicago venues in the United States and experience first hand just how much fun throwing an axe can be. If you're looking to throw at our Toronto East or Toronto West venues, stop by on December 17th from 6-10 for their open house sessions.

All skill levels are welcome, as our expertly trained coaches will be on hand giving one-on-one coaching and filling you in on what it's like to be part of the BATL family. All of our coaching staff are avid axe throwers themselves (just one of the perks of the job!), so rest assured that you'll be nailing bullseyes in no time.

BATL is excited to become part of the Scottsdale community, serving the entire area of Greater Phoenix including Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, and more. BATL Scottsdale is situated right in the downtown area (located at 7919 E Thomas Rd in the Woodland Springs/Hayden Villa area) - known as Old Town Scottsdale, 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.

Private Axe Throwing Group Bookings

BATL Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale also has a fully licensed bar and food menu in the works - so you can worry about throwing axes and leave the rest to us!

Axe Throwing Leagues

While private events have played host to countless casual axe throwers, it all started with our world famous weekly 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

If you're looking to get involved with the sport of axe throwing with minimal commitment, our walk-in sessions are for you. 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 out on the town, or an easy way to get some quick practice.

So come on out to any (or all!) of the open house axe throwing sessions on offer from the Backyard Axe Throwing League this December and see what all the fuss is about.  Get Sorta Extreme Today.

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2019 All-Star Weekend At BATL

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2019 All-Star Weekend At The Backyard Axe Throwing League

It's the most wonderful time of the year - and we're not talking about Christmas. With our yearly league seasons entering their final weeks, everyone has their eyes on the stats in anticipation of the upcoming National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) and the 2019 All-Star Weekend hosted by BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League. The event takes place February 17th-18th across the Greater Toronto Area, and features the best axe throwers in the world.

BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Wondering how this all came about? By now, you've probably already heard the story. 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.

Fast forward to 2018, the Backyard Axe Throwing League now has 14 locations across North America (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Nashville, Scottsdale and Chicago in the United States) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

The National Axe Throwing Federation

In 2016 The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) was established to service the sport of axe throwing globally, with a vision to create broad and standardized competition amongst players, while providing member support through a mandate to promote universal safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol. All 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). Currently sitting at over 4500 league members worldwide, being part of the NATF gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

All qualifying league competitors from all over North America, including many from the Backyard Axe Throwing League, will be facing off for their chance at not only bragging rights but also prize money for the top 3 competitors. After that, we begin the 2018 Winter Skills competition, showcasing the most skilled throwers battling it out for their chance at glory. You can find all the details on the National Axe Throwing Federation website.

The National Axe Throwing Championship

First up, it's the 2018 Wild Card Tournaments. The Wild Card Tournament (taking place at all BATL venues across North America December 16th) is open to any thrower at The Backyard Axe Throwing League who has competed in at least one league season in 2018 and has not yet qualified for the NATC. The format for the Wild Cards will be a double elimination tournament, similar to a regulation league playoff. Each tournament will be venue based, so be sure get in touch with your home BATL location for more details and registration. Winners of the Wildcard tournament will get an instant qualification to the first round of the NATC.

Once the dust has settled, all remaining qualifiers will throw down in Round 1 of the NATC. The preliminary round is a competition within each NATF member organization to determine which players will represent them in the final stage of the tournament, and will be taking place on January 6th, 2019. In the preliminary round, players will be randomly split into groups of four. Players will take to their assigned lane, then throw the equivalent of 3 matches (a total of 45 throws) and 9 Big Axes. From there, your overall average will be ranked against all other participants across North America.

Enter the NATC. The top 192 ranked players from Round 1 will meet in an all-day affair, culminating in one champion. The National Axe Throwing Championship will be taking place February 18th in Toronto as part of the 8th annual All-Star Weekend hosted by The Backyard Axe Throwing League. All qualifying league competitors from all over North America, including many from the Backyard Axe Throwing League, will be facing off for their chance at not only bragging rights but also prize money for the top 3 competitors. After that, we begin the 2018 Winter Skills competition, showcasing the most skilled throwers battling it out for their chance at glory.

The Axe Prom & Awards Ceremony

Once the dust has settled, we'll be ending it all off on the evening of February 18th with our annual Axe Prom & Awards Ceremony, taking place at Palais Royale in Toronto. 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 will be on full display that this year's Axe Prom and Awards Ceremony. Hundreds will gather dressed to the nines and put their axes down to enjoy a night of food, dancing, and fun.

Get ready for an action-packed weekend - and be sure to join us for the after party at the Dock Ellis bar, taking place immediately after Axe Prom. Don't forget to grab your tickets to the 2019 All-Star Weekend at BATL while you still can!

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2018 Wild Cards At BATL

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2018 Wild Cards At BATL

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Every year, the most talented axe throwers in the world gather to determine the best of the best in a weekend-long tournament known as the National Axe Throwing Championship. This 120+ person tournament is the culmination of league play in the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) including the top 4 axe throwers from each and every league in the organization. Of course, our league membership extends to thousands of skilled axe throwers that may not make the cut. Enter the Wild Card  Tournament hosted at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

2018 Wild Cards

The Wild Card Tournament (taking place at all BATL venues December 16th) is open to any thrower at The Backyard Axe Throwing League who has competed in at least one league season in 2018 and has not yet qualified for the NATC. The format for the Wild Card will be a double elimination tournament, similar to a regulation league playoff. Each tournament will be venue based, so be sure get in touch with your home BATL location for more details and registration. Winners of the Wildcard tournament will get an instant qualification to the first round of the NATC.

2019 All-Star Weekend at BATL

The National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) will be taking place February 18th in Toronto as part of the 8th annual All-Star Weekend hosted by The Backyard Axe Throwing League. All qualifying league competitors from all over North America, including many from the Backyard Axe Throwing League, will be facing off for their chance at not only bragging rights but also prize money for the top 3 competitors. After that, we begin the 2018 Winter Skills competition, showcasing the most skilled throwers battling it out for their chance at glory. You can find all the details on the National Axe Throwing Federation website.

BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Wondering how this all came about? By now, you've probably already heard the story. 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 to the city, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to call some friends to his house and create a game with those very same axes - pioneering the sport of urban axe throwing that has taken the world by storm. It didn't take long before the Backyard Axe Throwing League had outgrown its very own backyard. As you can imagine, putting that many people in a small outdoor space together got very loud very fast, and noise complaints were coming to a frequent issue. Not to mention, word had spread throughout the city so fast that the waitlist to join a league was becoming never ending. In 2011, BATL moved its operations indoors and secured an industrial space in the west end of Toronto. We instantly had leagues running four nights a week, and soon after opened up to private group bookings (perfectly suited for bachelor and bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building, or a night out with friends).

Fast forward to 2018, the Backyard Axe Throwing League now has 14 locations across North America (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Nashville, and Chicago in the United States - with more on the way in Scottsdale, Arizona!) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

The National Axe Throwing Federation

In 2016 The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) was established to service the sport of axe throwing globally, with a vision to create broad and standardized competition amongst players, while providing member support through a mandate to promote universal safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol. All 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). Currently sitting at over 4000 league members worldwide, being part of the NATF gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

Advanced statistic tracking (axescores.com) is provided to all members of the National Axe Throwing Federation and is by far the most sophisticated axe throwing metric tracking system available in the sport of urban axe throwing. When using the Axe Scores app, you can monitor and run league play while keeping track of just about everything. Stats include (but aren't limited to): average scores per match and per axe, high scores, rubber matches played perfect games and matches (both natural and supernatural), and many more.

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. We’re immensely proud to have been the first organization in the world to offer an urban venue to experience the thrill of indoor axe throwing in leagues, walk-ins, group parties and team building.

Sign up for the 2018 Wild Cards at BATL today, and get ready for the 2019 NATC!

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Watch both semi finals and finals of the NATC. Streaming live from BATL-Toronto East

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BATL Growth in the US

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League's
Growth in the United States

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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."

We wanted to keep the ball rolling, so shortly after the opening of our Nashville venue, BATL set its sights on the windy city. Founded by Scott Hollander, Thunderbolt Axe Throwing was the first-ever axe throwing venue in Chicago - and was a perfect fit to team up with BATL. Located in the Portage Park neighbourhood, near the surrounding neighbourhoods of Old Irving Park, Avondale, Dunning and Des Plaines. Hollander is an axe thrower himself and former lawyer who has a passion for showing people a good time, throwing fun events and teaching people how to throw axes. Thunderbolt Axe Throwing Chicago gained local press in Voyage Chicago, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Tonight amongst other news outlets.

Scott Hollander expressed to Chicago Tonight that “I used to be a lawyer and I left my job and I was travelling with friends. I’d thrown axes before outdoors for fun while camping and stuff like that, but I never knew about a business like this… We were travelling to Montreal and saw a place like this – and I immediately thought of Chicago.”

Furthermore, Scott believes that "it’s just a unique way for Chicagoans to have some harmless fun... I catch people on their way out turning to each other, you know, ‘that was awesome’ and that’s all I’m going for, you know, just having people just have a really good time.” The success of Thunderbolt Axe Throwing Chicago led to the merge with BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

Since bringing our sport to the Windy City, BATL Chicago has played host to thousands of guests - both casual first-time throwers, and league members fully immersed in the sports side of axe throwing.

Earlier this year, BATL opened its 3rd venue in the US (in the past year, no less). Situated just 8 miles from the City of Detroit, the community of Novi has been one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Michigan for years. The Backyard Axe Throwing League Novi opened earlier this year and is the premier axe throwing facility in metro Detroit. The venue is located at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk near West Oaks Shopping Centre, in the heart of Novi. Our newest location has been an instant success thanks to a warm welcome from our surrounding community, and we're excited to continue bringing the unique thrill of axe throwing to Metro Detroit.

This is just the beginning of our growth in the United States with locations in Scottsdale opening this December, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Houston, TX; and Madison, WI set to open in the coming year. No matter what BATL location you end up at, you can always expect the same experience that has made us famous across the world:

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. Many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you. These events are perfectly suited to adult birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, and much more.

Walk-in Axe Throwing

If you're looking to get involved on a casual basis, all BATL venues offer hourly walk-in axe throwing sessions each and every week. No advanced booking is required, and our expert coaches are on hand to guide you every step of the way - regardless of if it's your first time throwing, or you're an experienced thrower looking to hone in on your skill.

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. 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.

We're happy to call the US our second home. If you haven't experienced the unique thrill of axe throwing yet, it's time to Join the BATL!

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We Are BATL: The Backyard Axe Throwing League

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We Are BATL: The Backyard Axe Throwing League

BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing Leauge

From our humble beginnings in 2006 the Backyard Axe Throwing League has steadily grown the sport that we created in our own backyard across not just North America, but across the world. We've hosted thousands of new axe throwers across our 14 venues, using our advanced axe throwing statistic software (AxeScores.com) to track totals of millions of axe throws. Even though we've brought our sport to the mainstream, there are still many who have yet to experience firsthand the unique thrill of throwing an axe. So, what exactly is BATL, and what do we do?

How It All Started

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 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.

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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.

2013: 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 14 locations (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Scottsdale, Nashville, and Chicago 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:

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.

It's been an exciting ride to bring the sport of urban axe throwing to the masses, and we can't wait to share everything we have in store for the future. If you haven't stopped by yet, what are you waiting for? It's time to Join the BATL!

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A Brief History Of The Axe And Axe Throwing

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A Brief History Of The Axe And Axe Throwing

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Axes have been especially prevalent these days, with the emergence of the sport of axe throwing across the world - but it's a well-known fact that axes have been used for thousands of years for much more than throwing. It's one of the oldest tools used by mankind, after all.

Before the modern axe, the stone-age hand axe was used without a handle - only later to be fastened to a wooden handle. The earliest examples of handled axes have heads of stone with some form of the wooden handle attached in a method to suit the available materials and use. Axes made of copper, bronze, iron and steel appeared as these technologies developed. Axes these days are composed of a head and a handle.

In folklore, stone axes were sometimes believed to be thunderbolts and were used to guard buildings against lightning, as it was believed (mythically) that lightning never struck the same place twice. This has caused some skewing of axe distributions.

Steel axes were important in superstition as well. It was rumoured that a thrown axe could keep off a hailstorm. Sometimes an axe was placed in the crops with the cutting edge to the skies to protect the harvest against bad weather. An upright axe buried under the sill of a house would keep off witches, while an axe under the bed would "assure male offspring."

Axes are also predominant in Viking culture, as evidenced when Alex Høgh Andersen, better known as Ivar the Boneless from History TV’s hit show Vikings, visited our BATL Toronto location to film a segment in anticipation of the upcoming new season. It's no surprise that he was a natural.

Most modern axes have steel heads and wooden handles, typically hickory in the US and ash in Europe and Asia, although plastic or fibreglass handles are also common. Modern axes are sorted by use, size and form. Hafted axes with short handles designed for use with one hand are often called hand axes, scout axes, or hatchets - but the term hand axe refers to axes without handles as well. Hatchets tend to be small hafted axes often with a hammer on the back side (the poll). As easy-to-make weapons, axes have frequently been used in combat.

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.

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 didn't take long before the Backyard Axe Throwing League had outgrown its very own backyard. As you can imagine, putting that many people in a small outdoor space together got very loud very fast, and noise complaints were coming to a frequent issue. Not to mention, word had spread throughout the city so fast that the waitlist to join a league was becoming never ending. In 2011, BATL moved its operations indoors and secured an industrial space in the west end of Toronto. We instantly had leagues running four nights a week, and soon after opened up to private group bookings (perfectly suited for bachelor and bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building, or a night out with friends). With 13 locations across North America (including Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Calgary in Canada; in addition to Novi, Nashville, and Chicago in the United States - with more on the way!).

Looking to join in on the fun and experience the thrill of axe throwing for yourself? 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. Many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you.

Planning an outdoor event and want to include axe throwing in the festivities? BATL can also come to you! The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers mobile axe throwing targets in the vicinity of all of our existing venues. Our outdoor axe throwing packages are fully insured, equipped and available for both full and half-day bookings. Our team of expert coaches can provide a customized axe throwing experience based on your specific group needs to make your next event one of the most incredible memories of the year for everyone who participates. BATL's mobile targets have graced outdoor weddings, music festivals, charity BBQ's, and much more.

If you're looking for something a little more casual, BATL offers 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 we've got you covered.

If you think axes are just for chopping wood, you've got it all wrong! Head to your nearest BATL venue and see for yourself what else you can do with an axe.

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Different Types Of Axes: Which One Is Right For You?

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Different Types Of Axes: Which One Is Right For You?

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Unless you've been living under a rock for your entire life, you are likely familiar with the axe. Also spelt, ax, axes are hand tools used for chopping, splitting, piercing, and much much more. The most rudimentary axes (consisting of simple stone implements with wooden handles) date back to the stone ages - about 30,000 BC. The development of the iron-bladed felling axe in the Middle Ages made possible the vast forest clearance of northwestern Europe and the development of medieval agriculture. The axe played a similar role in land clearance in eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, and elsewhere. In modern times the ax, now with a blade or bit of steel, sometimes double-bitted or sharpened on both ends, has lost much of its historic role to powered saws and other machinery, although it remains a widely used tool with a wide variety of uses - like axe throwing for example. Before getting involved in our urban sport of axe throwing, it's always a good idea to get familiar with your tools. So, don't know the first thing about what separates a hatchet from a felling axe? Not to worry, BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League has you covered.

Different Types Of Axes

Hatchets

Hatches (also known as scout axes) are small axes designed to be used with one hand while the other holds the wood in place. On top of being the perfect throwing axe, they are useful for making rough cuts in relatively small logs. In other words, they do a good job cutting up branches for firewood but are way undersized for cutting down large trees. They have axeheads which weigh about a pound and a half, with the handle being about a foot long. Hatchets can be used to cut across the grain or along the grain, but if you have to cut through more than a couple of inches, look for another axe. The best value hatchet you can purchase directly through us via our web store. The hatchet is great for a bug out bag and hikers and campers that don’t want to carry much weight. It gives you the benefit of being able to chop wood easier than using a big knife or machete but doesn’t weigh all that much.

Felling Axes

If you've spent time around the Backyard Axe Throwing League, then you've probably heard the term big axe. That's our way of simplifying things, as a big axe is really just what we call a felling axe. If you really do need to cut down a tree and don’t have access to a chainsaw, the felling axe is the one you should use. The felling axe can also be referred to as any type of camp axe and are used for chopping down trees and branches. There are two distinguishing features about this type of axe: the handle of the axe is about two feet long, and the head weighs about two and a half pounds. The blade is thin, flat and sharp. The felling axe is swung sideways at the tree and is designed to cut through the grain, not with the grain like a maul.

Splitting Maul

Most of us don’t chop down trees, but splitting firewood is a chore many do. The splitting maul is the axe of choice for that job. The head of a splitting maul is thick and heavy. It can weigh as much as twelve pounds but must are nowhere near this weight. The splitting maul is swung down at the log in the direction of the grain. The weight helps force it through the wood and the thickness of the axe head keeps it from getting stuck. Being a tool made for brute force, it's not necessary for a splitting maul to be sharp.

Tomahawks

While tomahawks are known as the original throwing axe, what many don’t realize is that tomahawks aren’t the best for camp. They can be used to some degree, but the axe head is too light for chopping into the wood. Due to the light weight of the tomahawk, BATL advises against using these for throwing, as they can be more unpredictable than a hatchet.

Double Bit Axe

The double bit axe is the quintessential Paul Bunyan Axe. Today, few such axes are used for real work, but they are still commonly used for throwing in things such as Lumberjack Games. Players hold the axe behind their heads with both hands and as they bring it over their heads, release it towards a target, hoping the axe will hit and stick into the target. One of the blades is usually sharp for cutting against the grain (chopping branches or trees) and the other isn’t as sharp and is better suited to splitting wood along the grain (like a splitting axe).

No matter what your task and what axe you choose for the job, remember to stay safe and use caution.

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BATL is Coming Soon to Scottsdale Arizona

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BATL Coming Soon to Scottsdale Arizona

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Scottsdale may have a reputation as a travel destination, but it’s also a city brimming with a 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 the 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.

BATL is excited to become part of the Scottsdale community, opening our 14th location later this year that will serve the entire area of Greater Phoenix including Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, and more.

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.

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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 a 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.

A Visit to BATL Scottsdale

At BATL Scottsdale, we stand by the belief that throwing an epic party should be fun and simple. Private event packages include 1- 2.5 hours of throwing depending on your group size, flexible food options and private space to fit your party’s needs. Trophies and streetwear are available as add-ons for an even more personal touch. Things begin with practice and instruction (no experience necessary!) from BATL’s expert coaches before starting a round robin and group playoff tournament. Private events cost $35.99 – $42.99 + tax per person and are perfectly suited to adult birthday parties, corporate team building events, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers axe throwing on a walk-in basis at designated times each week. Our coaches will be on hand to instruct those who have never thrown an axe before, and offer tips on technique for more experienced throwers looking to sharpen their skills. Similar to public skating, skiing or swimming – guests throw in a common area with other participants, and may need to make allowance for shared space based on friendly guidance from your BATL coach.

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. Our calendar culminates in the National Axe Throwing Championship, with qualifying players competing against the best throwers globally for the Wilson Cup and $7500 in prize money.

Other ways to experience Scottsdale, from ExperienceScottdale.com

Musical Instrument Museum

Discover unique instruments and music from around the world at MIM. High-tech headphones and multi-media displays immerse you in global musical traditions, while the hands-on Experience Gallery lets aspiring musicians of all ages try their hand at instruments like guitars, gongs and gamelans.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town's nine walkable neighbourhoods offer you a variety of experiences by day and night. Discover historic Scottsdale in Old Town, browse the galleries of the Arts District, shop along Fifth Avenue or discover the energy of Scottsdale after dark in the Entertainment District.

Golfing At TPC Scottsdale

TPC Scottsdale may be best known as the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it’s also one of Scottsdale’s finest public, desert-style golf courses. Play where the pros play with a round on TPC’s Stadium Course – you can almost hear the crowds cheering on the infamous 16th hole.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

SMoCA celebrates the modern art, architecture and design of our time through thought-provoking, changing exhibitions. The museum, an ingenious renovation of an old movie theatre by architect Will Bruder, also is home to “Knight Rise,” a James Turrell skyspace that allows you to track the sun’s colorful path across the desert sky.

Keep your ears to the ground for news about the Backyard Axe Throwing League's next location in Scottsdale, Arizona - and get ready for free open house axe throwing before our grand opening! It's time to Join the BATL in Scottsdale!

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