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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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How To Throw An Axe At BATL

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How To Throw An Axe At BATL

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BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League was founded in the backyard in Toronto, Ontario of CEO Matt Wilson in 2006. What started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip soon spread through word of mouth in Toronto, and today over 1 million people have experienced the thrill of axe throwing at one of our venues across North America.  To learn more about the BATL story, check out Matt Wilson's presentation from TEDxWindsor.

Axe Throwing Events

No matter the reason for visiting BATL, we believe that throwing an epic event should be fun and simple. Our private axe throwing 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. Each venue offers the best facilities for people of all abilities to compete and have fun. Our axe throwing ‘arenas’ are similar to a cross between a batting cage and bowling alley, with private space for groups of any size, and a music selection that makes every visit amazing. The Backyard Axe Throwing League now has 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!) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

Public Walk-In Sessions

Looking for a more casual option to try axe throwing for the first time? 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.

Axe Throwing Leagues

Have you already mastered how to throw an axe at BATL? Then check out our weekly axe throwing league. 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. Check out some videos from recent competitions.

Getting Started with Axe Throwing

Things begin with practice and instruction (no experience necessary!) from BATL’s expert coaches before starting a round robin and group playoff tournament. Nothing we do would be possible without the amazing people we have working with us. We hire some of the most talented, fun and friendly individuals that you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet, and our staff will be with you through every step of your axe throwing event. Looking for tips before heading to your nearest BATL location? See below for the top tips to make you a pro in no time!

1. Your Axe Throwing Stance and the Basics

  • Always have your foot forward, which is opposite of your dominant hand
  • When you throw, make sure you lean in (forward) and follow through.
  • Keep your arms fully straight and eyes level with your target on the board.

2. How to Aim Your Axe

  • Keep your eyes on the target
  • Look directly at where you want the axe to go and throw!
  • Keep the same idea to aim for a clutch

3. The Two-handed Axe Throwing Technique

  • Place your dominant hand at the bottom of the axe;
  • Wrap your opposite hand around your grip (hugging your dominant hand);
  • Keep thumb down and fingers from straying up on the handle;
  • Place opposite foot (to dominant hand) on top of the black line with other foot behind on the floor;
  • Bring the axe all the way back, then all the way forward, releasing in front of your face;
  • Do all the steps in one fluid motion following through after releasing of the axe.
  • We suggest mastering the two-handed technique before moving onto one-handed axe throwing technique.

4. One-handed Axe Throwing Technique

  • Place your dominant hand at the bottom of the axe;
  • Keep your thumb down and fingers from straying up on the handle;
  • Place your opposite foot (to dominant hand) on top of the black line with other foot behind on the floor;
  • Bring the axe all the way back, then all the way forward, releasing the axe in front of your face;
  • Keep your elbow from straying outside of shoulders;
  • Do the whole thing in one fluid motion, following through after release.

5. Throwing the Big Axe

Throwing the Big Axe at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League has the same core concepts as the standard throws (two-handed and one-handed axe throwing techniques) except:

  • You will use two hands to throw with two hands stacked on the handle, as opposed to clasping one another, making sure the dominant hand is on top;
  • You will stand a bit further away from the target
  • You must bring the axe all the way back and then all the way forward, to ensure your throw is powerful due to the weight of the big axe.

6. Adjustments to How You Throw & Scoring

Adjustments may include; Your throw is under rotating because you are not leaning into the throw and your thumb creeps up and causes the axe to wiggle in the air. Don’t worry! If you are having any difficulties with the techniques our coaches are there to help you and give tips throughout the entire event!  Once you have the basics down, your group will start a round-robin tournament!  Scoring from axescores.com will be shown on our display screens to keep your group up-to-date on the latest bullseyes!

Some start off strong with axe throwing and other weaker, the key is to keep it up and be consistent. Don’t get discouraged, listen and obey to your coaches and have a great time.

Check out some of our guests produced videos below to see how others found the axe throwing experience at BATL!

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Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL Niagara Falls

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Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls, Canada, doesn't need any introduction. As one of the seven natural Wonders of the World, Niagara Falls is a destination year round averaging 12+ Million visitors annually. First incorporated in 1903, the city of Niagara Falls may be famous for its namesake, but has been steadily growing as a top destination for more than just the falls. Sure, it's known as the honeymoon capital of Canada, but that's not where it stops. Niagara Falls is a favourite destination for young and old alike. Unlike many other destinations in the world, Niagara Falls has spots and attractions that cater to everyone's tastes. With new attractions and events, Niagara Falls continues to grow and attracts more and more people through the year. If you're looking for action and excitement, head down to Clifton Hills. Chalk full of museums, bars, casinos, restaurants, Ferris wheels, and much much more, it's sure to keep you entertained for hours. If you're looking to get away from the lights, noise, and general chaos of Clifton Hill you're in luck. Nature goes beyond the falls in the Niagara Region. The Niagara Escarpment runs through The United States and Canada, and offers spectacular views of nature around Niagara Falls - especially in the autumn when the fall leaves are at their brightest. The Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, as it has the oldest forest ecosystem and trees in eastern North America. Up until a few years ago, the only thing missing in Niagara Falls was the unique urban axe throwing experience taking the rest of North America by storm since 2006. But that all changed in 2016...

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 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 satisfying throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. It didn't take long before the word spread, and BATL quickly multiplied, bringing our sport all over North America, with expansion starting in 2013.

BATL Niagara Falls

In November 2016, BATL opened up shop on the Queen Street strip in Niagara Falls. By January of 2017, BATL had begun running leagues and had already played host to countless new axe throwers from both our private group bookings and public walk-in axe throwing sessions. Since then BATL Niagara has gone on to work with the community around us by taking part in charitable events, street festivals, and much more. We're happy to be part of the community and can't wait to see what the future has in store. If you haven't visited us yet, BATL offers multiple ways to get involved with our sport:

Axe Throwing Leagues

BATL Niagara'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 (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.

Public Walk-In Sessions

If you're looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, this is for you. BATL Niagara 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.

Private Axe Throwing Group Events

BATL Niagara offers private axe throwing 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 Backyard Axe Throwing League Niagara also offers a fully licensed bar and food menu - so you can worry about throwing axes and leave the rest to us!

If you're planning a fall/winter trip to Niagara Falls, Canada, make sure that a trip to BATL Niagara is on your to-do list!

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Advanced Statistics and The NATF

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Advanced Statistics and The NATF

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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.

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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 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!) offering up the urban axe throwing experience that we pioneered over 12 years ago.

Axe Throwing Leagues 

With over 4500 league members worldwide playing by the rules set forth by the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) and BATL was one of the founding members. 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 (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.

Axescores.com

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.

If you're looking to try our system for yourself, consider joining a league. 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. 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.

Global Axe Throwing Tournaments 

The NATF also hosts yearly tournaments at BATL, most notably the Summer Skills Competition and the National Axe Throwing Championships (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 128 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. You can check out the live stream from the 2018 NATC below!

You can find out more information about the National Axe Throwing Federation and our Axescores scoring app via the NATF website.

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

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Celebrating One Year Of Axe Throwing At BATL Nashville

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Celebrating One Year Of Axe Throwing At BATL Nashville

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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 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 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.

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!

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Planning Your Next Corporate Team Building Outing

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Planning Your Next Corporate Team Building Outing

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With the last weeks of summer upon us, businesses all across North America are beginning to plan their holiday season corporate outings. It's never to early to start planning, after all. There are many things to consider when planning a corporate group outing for you and your team to ensure a memorable time for everybody involved. We've put together a list of some tips to keep in mind when planning your next company outing.

Figure Out The Basics

The first thing to consider is always the who, what, where, when, and why - as well as how many! What is your budget? In what city will the event be held? What type of venue would accommodate your needs? Who are the targeted external clients? What type of event will draw them in? An upscale cocktail event? Dinner? Fun interactive activity? Who will be attending from your company? Why is the event being held? What is the ultimate goal? Who will be responsible for inviting clients and RSVP management? Write down the answers to those questions before you start anything else.

Get Input From Your Staff

Not everybody loves surprises - so keep this in mind when planning your next corporate outing. It's unreasonable to think that all of your employees will have similar interests and likes, so getting a quick read of what might go over well can go a long way. Keep in mind that you're all not likely to agree on the same thing, but using valuable input from each of your employees can bring you closer to finding an activity that everybody can get behind.

Save The Date

Once the proposed date has been selected and city identified, check not only your calendar, but that of your industry and location of the event. Is there an industry conference scheduled at the same time? School breaks, religious holidays and other significant events can affect your attendance as well as the logistics of an event. Ideally you should plan your event at least eight weeks out, allowing for invite list development, Save the Dates to be sent six weeks out, invites to be sent four weeks prior to your event, with reminders two weeks in advance of the event.

Picking the Right Location

While the newest trampoline park on the outskirts of town may be appealing for your event, your venue should reflect your audience and the business purpose of the event itself. Take into consideration the commuting patterns in the city where your event is to be held. For instance, in Toronto, venues that are close to subway lines and GO Transit or Via Rail Canada trains draw large after-work crowds. Whereas in Ottawa, most people drive, so venues with easy access to major highways are preferred.

Make Sure Your Employees Needs Are Met

When setting up your invitations and RSVP options, be sure to provide and allow for information that makes your guests feel welcome. Make sure your guests can provide any dietary restrictions. Can they bring a partner or business associate with them? If so, make that clear. Are you providing valet parking? The more information you can provide at this point, the more welcome your clients will feel—and the less you’ll need to manage the night of the event!

Choosing Your Activity: Axe Throwing at BATL

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for team-building activities. But by paying attention to the everyday routine of your team, getting employees involved in planning, and asking strategic questions, you can keep the eye rolls to a minimum.

With all these things considered, where do you go next? Gone are the days of traditional staff get togethers - and nothing quite breaks tradition like axe throwing. BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League 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 over 1 million people have experienced the thrill of throwing axes. The Backyard Axe Throwing League has never been more accessible and now boasts 13 venues across North America (Toronto, Kitchener, Pickering, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada and Novi, Chicago, and Nashville in the United States - not to mention venues in Madison, Wisconsin; Houston, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Scottsdale, Arizona all set to open this year).

BATL is the perfect venue to host your next staff outing. Our private axe throwing 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 a team building outing so if you're looking for the perfect event for your next corporate party, look no further than BATL. You can check out our event guide to learn more on how we can accommodate your team!

Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL Hamilton

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Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL Hamilton

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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, Two Black Sheep, and L'etranger).

The Backyard Axe Throwing League in Hamilton, ON

We at the Backyard Axe Throwing League opened BATL Hamilton, our newest location in Canada, back at the end of 2017. It's our 13th BATL venue - joining the likes of Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, London, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Calgary, Nashville, Novi (Detroit), and Chicago 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.

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.

History Of 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 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.

Axe Throwing Leagues at BATL Hamilton

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 (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. Our weekly axe throwing league play is what made us famous, but each of our 13 locations across North America offer other ways to get involved with axe throwing on a more casual bases.

Public Walk-in Axe Throwing Sessions

Looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing? BATL Hamilton 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 BATL has you covered.

Private Axe Throwing Event Bookings

BATL Hamilton 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 Hamilton also offers a fully licensed bar and food menu - so you can worry about throwing axes and leave the rest to us!

No matter how you choose to get involved, make sure a visit to BATL Hamilton is on the top of your to-do list!

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Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL London

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Venue Spotlight Featuring BATL London

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The City of London, Ontario

While the name of the city and the major river located within it (the Thames River) may sound like a carbon copy of another world-class city across the pond, the City of London Ontario is a thriving and unique city that has much to offer. London got its start as a city back in 1855, and since then has grown to become one of Canada's largest urban areas with its own storied history. Since the end of World War II, London has experienced a growth unprecedented in its history. With the major annexation of 1961, which added 60,000 people to the city, London had grown close to a quarter of a million people in 1976, the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its founding. Major physical changes in London's appearance have occurred. In the old city core, many of the landmarks of the past have gone to be replaced by modern developments - the McClary factory was demolished for Wellington Square, the Hotel London was replaced by the City Centre, the Covent Garden Market was enclosed by the Market Garden Parking Building, and a new Court House was finally constructed on a demolished two-block site.

New suburbs have appeared on the outskirts - Lockwood Park, Sherwood Forest, and Oakridge Acres. The old residential areas became threatened by the overuse of the automobile on streets meant only to accommodate horse and buggy. Recent planning decisions have however been carefully made to ensure that the character and integrity of the old city are maintained. Something which can only result in enhancing the urban environment and in making London a pleasant place for its present and future citizens.

The history of Axe Throwing at BATL

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.

Fast forward to 2015 when the Backyard Axe Throwing League joined forces with newly opened axe throwing venue Tomahawks to become BATL London - bringing our style of urban axe throwing to the masses of London, Ontario – and we haven’t looked back since! Over the past 3 years, BATL London has hosted people from all over South Western Ontario and taught them the ways of our sport, and it’s been a complete success. On top of that, BATL London is constantly engaging with our community, partnering up with local charities, local sports teams, and more.

If you have yet to experience the unique thrill of our sport, what are you waiting for? BATL London offers many ways to get involved with our unique brand of urban axe throwing. Outside of the London area? Not to worry, BATL boats 13 venues across North America, including Toronto, Kitchener, Pickering, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada and Novi, Chicago, and Nashville in the United States - with more on the way this year.

Private Group Bookings at The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Our private group bookings are perfectly suited for any adult get-togethers - birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building, and much 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 can go a long way, so gather your friends and come experience it for yourself!

Walk-in Axe Throwing

If you're looking for a more casual way to get involved, all 13 BATL venues across North America offer walk-in axe throwing each and every weekend. 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.

Weekly League Play

Our axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks, completely under the guidance of our staff - all resident axe pros. 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.

No matter how you choose to get involved, stop by BATL London and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!

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Top Things To Do This Fall In Southern Ontario

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Top Things To Do This Fall In Southern Ontario

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We know, we know - there is still plenty of Summer weather left this year. Thinking about fall is crazy, right? Canada is often known as a country of two seasons: winter and summer. However, fall in Canada (and especially in Southern Ontario) is truly a sight to behold. It also signals the beginning of the hockey season, which is a highly anticipated mark on the calendar for those of us north of the border. Trying to figure out how to best spend your time this fall in Southern Ontario? Let us guide you with our list of the best things to do.

1) Take A Drive Through The Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is a geological formation that extends from western New York State through Ontario to Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. It originated as a result of unequal erosion where a top layer of harder and more resistant dolomitic limestone overlays more easily eroded shale. The gradual erosion of the rock left behind dramatic cliffs and offers perfect fall views. In Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment features the Bruce Trail: Canada’s oldest and longest footpath that extends over 800 km (with side trails) from Niagara Falls in the South to Tobermory in the north. The entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve due to its unique fauna and flora. A drive through the Niagara Escarpment is a fall must in Southern Ontario.

2) Visit Canada's Largest Oktoberfest In Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener-Waterloo's deep-rooted Bavarian history is well known across the country - Kitchener was actually called Berlin until 1916, after all. Their Oktoberfest is an annual nine-day festival in the twin cities of Kitchener–Waterloo. Based on the original German Oktoberfest, it is billed as Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival and is the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world. It is held every October, this year running from October 5th - 13th. The event attracts roughly 700,000 visitors to the region every year and is one hell of a party. While its best-known draws are the beer-based celebrations, other cultural and entertainment attractions also fill the week. The most well-known is the parade held on Thanksgiving Day; as the only major parade on Canadian Thanksgiving. So, grab your lederhosen and come to experience a taste of Germany in Canada!

3) Head To A Farm

The agricultural industry in Southern Ontario is alive and well, as evidenced by the plethora of farms dotting the landscape. Why not make a day of it and experience the rural tranquillity yourself? With fall comes Halloween, and a trip to one of the many farms in Southern Ontario is a perfect excuse to choose your own pumpkin. If Halloween isn't your thing, apple picking is still offered at many farms during the beginning of fall. Support local, and make a day of it while you're at it!

4) Take In A Sporting Event

You can catch the tail end of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball season in early fall - same goes for the CFL and Major League Soccer. Fall signals the beginning of the NBA season (and this one will be one to watch for the Toronto Raptors). But, if you want to celebrate like a real Canadian, you know that Fall only means one thing: the NHL is back. Taking in a Toronto Maple Leafs game is a right of passage for Torontonians and Southern Ontarians alike - and this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in decades. So head on down to the newly re-named Scotiabank Arena and experience the thrill of live hockey for yourself.

5) Go Axe Throwing At The Backyard Axe Throwing League

It really doesn't get more Canadian than axe throwing. A visit to BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League, is a sure fire way to keep you and your friends entertained and leave a lasting impression. With 9 locations in Southern Ontario (including Toronto, Pickering, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls) it's never been easier to get involved with our sport.

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 14 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 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 venues in Southern Ontario offer a fully licensed bar and food menu, meaning all you have to worry about is throwing axes. Make sure to stop at BATL for some axe throwing on your next visit to Southern Ontario!

Southern Ontario offers a little something for everyone - so be sure to make the most of it this fall and visit BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League and experience axe throwing!

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