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BATL Staff Sunday With Brad

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Meet Brad, a coach at our BATL Niagara location. Brad, born and raised in the Niagara area, recently bought a house and was looking for some help with his mortgage. He saw a job ad for the Backyard Axe Throwing League, and the rest is history. Or as he puts it, a match made in heaven.

While he moonlights as an axe throwing instructor, on most days you can find him working with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. When Brad is not teaching guests from all over Southern Ontario and New York State the ways of axe throwing you can find him with his dog Milly, or staying in shape by helping out with his local rowing community. We're glad you found us, Brad. We're sure glad we found you!  #BATLStaffSunday

BATL Niagara Celebrates 1 Year

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They grow up so fast, don't they?  This week, The Backyard Axe Throwing League celebrated the 1 year anniversary of our Niagara location. It's been an exciting year, getting involved with the community around us and playing host to guests from all around Southern Ontario, Upper New York State, and the Golden Horseshoe.

If you haven’t been to BATL Niagara, then what are you waiting for?  We offer many ways to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, from private group tournaments (perfectly suited to any occasion, such as adult birthdays, bachelor/bachelorettes, holiday parties, and much more), to public walk-in axe throwing and our weekly axe throwing leagues.  Click here to find out more about BATL Niagara.

BATL Niagara Birthday

BATL 10 Year Anniversary Concert Footage Up

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Over 10 years ago a bunch of friends started throwing an axe in the wilderness of Southern Ontario and quickly realized that not only was it cool, but also extremely addictive.  Once back in Toronto, it didn't take long for founder and CEO Matt Wilson so craft axe throwing targets in his backyard, make up rules for a game and invite friends over weekly.  Fast forward 11 years later and The Backyard Axe Throwing League at 12 locations across North America and is the undisputed authority when it comes to axe throwing.

This past September, BATL hosted the annual National Axe Throwing Federation Summer Skills competition, followed by a 10-year anniversary concert from LA punk band The Bronx and local talent.  We caught the whole thing on camera, and the video is available to view now. Thanks to everyone that's helped us get this far.  We can't wait to share another 10 years with our community!

10 Year Anniversary Concert

BATL Hamilton Opening December 1st

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The wait is almost over – the Backyard Axe Throwing League is putting the finishing touches on our newest venue in Hamilton, and our booking system is now live for hosting group events starting December 1st.  BATL Hamilton is located conveniently 1 block from King Street and Jackson Square in the heart of the city, ready to serve everyone in the Golden Horseshoe and surrounding area.

BATL Hamilton is our 12th location and will boast everything you’ve come to know and love from the Backyard Axe Throwing League:  group private events (perfect for parties and gatherings of any variety), walk-in public axe throwing sessions, and our weekly leagues.  Learn more about BATL Hamilton, and book your next party today!

BATL Hamilton

Selected BATL Merchandise 50% Off

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With new merchandise coming in for the Holiday season and space at a premium, BATL is passing the savings on to you - offering 50% off select merchandise at all venues!  Since the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s inception in 2006, it isn’t an unusual sight to walk into an establishment near a BATL location and notice a sea of black hoodies or BATL baseball caps.  Our axe throwing league members and private event guest alike have adorned themselves in our axe-themed apparel and proudly displayed their affinity towards BATL’s unique axe inspired culture.

All of our apparel has been designed by league members and represents the varying styles that our community has been known to foster.  You can get your own BATL merchandise at any of our locations.  Venue hours vary, so be sure to get a hold of us before planning to visit!

BATL SALE 2017

2017 Summer Skills Competition Video Now Up

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Once a year in the summer, The Backyard Axe Throwing League plays host to league members with the goal of showcasing one thing: skills. This year our Summer Skills Competition. Axe throwers compete in 4 different events, each striving to be recognized as one of the best at their sport. This is the first year that our competition included league members from other NATF organizations from across North America.

In addition to the friendly competition, it allows a chance for league members from all other to spend the day together and enjoy each other’s good company. As we often say, the community aspect at BATL is what sets us apart from everyone else. You can watch the video from this past Summer Skills here. It should be just enough to tide you over until our upcoming Winter Skills competition happening in Toronto as a part of the second annual National Axe Throwing Federation All-Star Weekend!

Summer Skills 2017

Now Taking Signups for 2018 Leagues

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These days BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League is known for being the go-to destination across North America for private gatherings of all types (bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building, and much more), but it's our weekly leagues that made us famous. As 2017 begins to wind down, all 11 BATL venues are now taking sign-ups for our new league seasons starting January 2018. With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually among up to 30 players while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and with plenty of time to hang out and get to know each another between throwing.

Once registered, you’ll throw on the same night every week for 8 weeks, consisting of 7 weeks of regulation during which you’ll throw 4 matches (60 axes) on the night of your choosing. The 8th week is playoffs, with the top 16 competitors facing off to crown a winner for the season.

In addition to regional tournaments throughout the year, our annual calendar culminates in the National Axe Throwing Championship, with qualifying players competing against the best globally for a chance to win the Wilson Cup and over $10,000 in prize money.

2018 Leagues

BATL Staff Sunday with Gen

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Meet Genevieve Chapman. More commonly referred to as Gen, she is one of the original BATL London Girls and has been with us from the get-go in London.

Music is what Gen does best with, axes coming in a close second. Gen is a music major at the Western University (UWO) and can play most instruments including the piano, cello. If you can't find Gen at either school or work, she is more than likely enjoying her favourite vegetarian dish while sharing a coffee with he beloved kitty cat. She is almost always cold, and can usually be found huddling around the heater at the Backyard Axe Throwing League. Thanks for all you do Gen, we're happy to have you in the family. #batlstaffsunday

BATL Staff Gen

Axe Pancreatic Cancer with BATL

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BATL Toronto is proud to play host to the 4th instalment of Axe Pancreatic Cancer, a fun night out in support of a worthy cause. Tickets are now available for purchase, where you'll enjoy a fun night of friendly axe throwing competition and help raise money to eliminate something that has affected so many of us, directly or indirectly.

"Now in its 4th year, Axe Pancreatic Cancer invites attendees to show their feelings towards pancreatic cancer (the fourth deadliest cancer) by throwing axes and striving to be the best axe thrower of the evening! Attendees can also enjoy Smoke's Poutine, a beverage (or two), music, and a chance to win prizes!"

Over the previous 3 years of playing host to this event more than $80,000 has been raised by supporters and attendees, with all of that money going towards pancreatic cancer research. BATL has a long-standing tradition of supporting charities in the communities surrounding all of our venues. If you're planning a charitable event and want to host it in a unique environment, let us know.

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Niagara Ice Dogs Visit BATL

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 Even professional hockey players need to take some time to unwind! This week BATL Niagara had the pleasure of hosting the OHL Niagara Ice Dogs team and their coaches. The Ice Dogs spent the day competing in some friendly team building competition. Thanks to the Ice Dogs and their staff, and we wish them good luck this season!

You don’t have to be a pro-athlete to enjoy yourself at the Backyard Axe Throwing League. Our skilled coaches are there to guide you every step of the way and can get just about anybody hitting bullseyes in no time. We offer private axe throwing tournaments (ranging from 2-2.5 hours and consisting of practice, a round robin tournament, culminating with a single elimination playoff), as well as our weekly axe throwing leagues and walk-in sessions.

Niagara Ice Dogs at BATL

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