The Backyard Axe Throwing League
The Home of Axe Throwing Since 2006

Thanks to Sponsors and NATF at 2018 NATC

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Now that we've had a few days to process and recover, we'd like to thank the National Axe Throwing Federation and all of their sponsors - notably Beau's All Natural Brewing Company - for organizing an amazing 2018 All-Star Weekend, including the 7th annual National Axe Throwing Championship that BATL had the pleasure of hosting.

The best axe throwers in the world, 128 of them to be exact, came to BATL Toronto East and North from far and wide to compete in a day-long tournament.  In the end, BATL Pickering's own Straun Riley took the top spot (prize money included!) with an over-the-top performance, and a rubber match big axe clutch against BATL London's Aaron Gerrard proved to be the winning throw.

We'd like to thank everyone from all axe throwing locations across the world that came out to call The Backyard Axe Throwing League home for a day, and we are already eagerly counting down the days to the 8th annual National Axe Throwing Championship!

On Target 4 Vets Visits BATL

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We recently had the pleasure of hosting Mike Bennet of On Target 4 Vets, a group dedicated to bringing wounded war veterans together through the power of sport.  Mike visited our BATL Nashville location with the co-founder of their organization Michael Paul to experience first hand the unique satisfaction of urban axe throwing.

At the Backyard Axe Throwing League, we’ve have taught a diverse range of people how to throw axes, ranging from the visually impaired, to elderly and those with mobility constraints.  We pride ourselves on being accessible to nearly anyone for both leagues and private axe throwing events, and with the best axe throwing coaches in the world, you'll be sure to be hitting bullseyes in no time.  Find a location nearest you and join the BATL!

Wanderlust Girls Visit BATL Nashville

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Fashion and travel bloggers Wanderlust Girls recently paid a visit to BATL Nashville to check out our new digs, and to say they were instantly hooked would be an understatement.  Wanderlust Girl Abigail said it best herself:  "I don’t want to go sit at a bar and chit chat while I could be hurling hatchets… know what I mean? What an amazing stress reliever and all-around primal experience. We were riding such a high after this. Even though it seems so savage, it really was calming."

BATL Nashville has just moved into a new larger venue in East Nashville, providing Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, and the surrounding area with the indoor axe throwing experience that The Backyard Axe Throwing League is world famous for.  Every BATL location across North America offers multiple ways to get involved with our sport that is now sweeping the world: from the best weekly leagues and public walk-in sessions, to private group events for parties of 6 and up - perfectly suited for adult birthday parties, corporate team building, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and much more!  Visit our new location in Nashville today and join the BATL!

BATL Founder Matt Wilson To Speak At TEDxWindsor

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League may have started in a backyard, but it's become so much more than that.  What began as a rainy day activity at a cottage in Southern Ontario has grown over 10 years to be the pioneer of the sport of urban axe throwing across North America.  Founder and CEO Matt Wilson will be speaking at the upcoming TEDxWindsor event on March 25th, talking about how he grew this hobby into a thriving business.

These days, you can find BATL locations all over North America (13, to be exact).  Each location boasts the best axe throwing coaches in the world, teaching people the sport of axe throwing in the safe and comfortable environment that we've become famous for.  We offer many ways to get engaged, from our famous weekly leagues and walk-in axe throwing sessions, to private group events (perfectly suited for adult birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, and everything in between!).  Find a location nearest you and join the BATL!

BATL Toronto Listed As Top Birthday Destination

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"Learn how to be a real Canadian lumberjack this year by taking part in axe throwing on your special day."

That's advice we can't argue with, taken from web blog Narcity Toronto's list of top ways to celebrate your next adult birthday party.  The Backyard Axe Throwing League has been hosting unforgettable birthday parties for 10+ years, and the appeal is obvious!  By booking a private event with BATL, you get dedicated staff members (the best axe throwers in the world, no less) teaching you one on one the ways of the axe, where you'll be sticking bullseyes in no time, followed by a round robin tournament and playoff.

With 13 locations across North America and counting, it's never been easier to come throw axes with us.  So the next time you and your friends are figuring out a unique way to spend your birthday, visit a venue nearest you and join the BATL!

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BATL Staff Sunday With Scott

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Meet Scott Tiller, a resident axe guru/hunk at our BATL Toronto locations.  Around here, we call him Big Guy - which might explain why he calls us all Dad.  Scott hails from Truro, Nova Scotia.  The whole time he was telling us where he was from we thought he was talking about Mexican desserts, but apparently, it's a town, too.  You can find Scott teaching newbies the way of the axe almost any day of the week, except for Sunday - that's the day he reserves to throw his own axes and punish other league members.

When Scott isn't throwing axes, you can find him doing just about everything else.  He bangs hard, and by that we mean he's an extremely talented drummer (his band Sun K is currently on a Canadian tour right now, check them out if you can!).  He's also been known to create some mean ice cream flavours, he can do way more than 10 push ups at a time, and he can really run the bases when playing baseball.  We love you, Big Guy!

Final Batch Of Tickets Released Sunday For Axe Prom

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The annual Axe Prom, hosted by Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., the National Axe Throwing Federation and the Backyard Axe Throwing League, and it is an event that our league members look forward to every year.  So, it's no surprise that this year's incarnation (happening Monday, February 19th at the Palais Royale Ballroom) sold out almost instantly.  Lucky for us, the National Axe Throwing Federation conferred with the Palais Royale, and we managed to procure an additional 20 tickets for this years Prom, which are to go on sale February 11 at 12pm (Eastern Time).  You can get your hands on the last of our tickets for Prom here.

Axe Prom is a major part of our All-Star Weekend, taking place this coming February 18th and 19th in Toronto.  It includes the National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) - a day-long battle between 128 of the best axe throwers in North America, followed by our yearly Winter Skillz tournament - a chance for league members to throw down trick shots in a specialized competition.  As always, spectators are welcome at no charge, so come visit this Family Day weekend!

Valentine’s Day Contest With Free 98.1

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Free 98.1, London's premier classic rock radio station, has teamed up with The Backyard Axe Throwing League to give away passes to a special Valentine's Day drop-in session.  The lucky winner will be joining Stax, Mindy, Blair, and the entire Morning Show team for some axe throwing, just the way Cupid would want it done.  Tomorrow is the last day to enter, and you can find full contest details here.

If you don't end up winning, not to worry - BATL is still offering private bookings for groups of 2 and up at all 13 venues across North America for this coming Valentine's Day.  Whether booking a private event or showing up to one of our walk-in axe throwing sessions, you will be trained one-on-one with the best axe throwing coaches in the world - in the safe and comfortable environment that BATL has become famous for.  So do something different with your Valentine this year, and visit a BATL location nearest you!

Last Day For All-Star Weekend Tickets

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The NATF's annual All-Star Weekend festivities are fast approaching (taking place in Toronto on February 18th & 19th), and today is the final day to secure your tickets for this can't miss event!  Click here to buy your tickets before it's too late!

Sunday February 18th, The Backyard Axe Throwing League's Toronto East & North venues will play host to the second annual National Axe Throwing Championships - featuring fierce competition from the best axe throwers in the world, vying for a chance to put their name on the Wilson Cup (and take home some money while they're at it).  There are 128 participants from across North America taking part in this tournament, and we can't wait to see how it unfolds.

Immediately following the NATC will be the Winter Skillz competition at our Toronto East location.  Axe throwers from leagues all over North America will be going head to head in Around The World, Blackjack, Doubles, and Ambidextrous axe throwing games.

We always end the All-Star Weekend with a bang, with Monday, February 19th being our yearly Axe Prom event - a chance for hundreds of us to put down the axes for a night, dress up, and spend the night drinking, dancing, and eating.  It's an event that you don't want to miss.

Grab your tickets now, and ensure you won't be left out in the dark this All-Star Weekend!

Hip Teacher Mama Visits BATL Pickering

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League has long been known as a premier outing destination, and web blog Hip Teacher Mama decided to take a visit to BATL Pickering to find out first hand what all the buzz was about.

BATL has 13 locations across North America to serve your axe throwing needs, where you can enjoy one-on-one coaching from our resident axe gurus - the best axe throwers in the world - in the safe and comfortable environment that we have become famous for.  Our private parties are perfectly suited for groups of any occasion (corporate team building, bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, and everything in between), in addition to offering weekly public walk-in axe throwing and our world famous weekly leagues.  Find a location near you, and come join the BATL!

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