A traditional Canadian backyard pastime has taken an urban approach to chucking axes in the deep north woods. The sport of urban axe throwing is gaining tremendous popularity around the world, particularly in Canada and now the United States of America.The urban sport of axe throwing encourages amateurs and self proclaimed lumberjacks a chance to throw axes in a monitored and safe environment. Think of it like darts, but on steroids.

Axe throwing facilities are typically equipped with lanes that have designated targets separated by fencing, allowing participants to safely throw. Targets can either be mounted to the wall or sell standing. Targets have rings that are worth different values. There is also typically a coach and instructor that will show participants how to throw the axe, give tips on how to improve your throw and ensure everyone's safety while on site. It's standard for two participants to throw simultaneously allowing for competition. While there are some slight variations from one urban axe throwing venue to another, however there are also standard practices. Standards in the sport of axe throwing include throwing distance, when to throw, safety, point system, scoring and games. There are two standard sizes to accommodate various axe throwing techniques, as well as the strength and style of each thrower. One axe is larger, heavier, and the blade is thicker as well which means they're slightly easier to get to stick on the target. The other axe is a small hatchet which is lighter, easier to throw but technique is key in order to have it stick to the target.

Urban axe throwing is popular amongst adults celebrating special events such as birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and team building events. Most venues require a minimum booking of 8 people. Having more axe throwing participants creates more competition as it's a naturally social sport.

Axe throwing leagues give participants the opportunity to master their throw while getting together with friends once a week. Leagues offer members weekly challenges and incentives while practicing various axe throwing techniques. They run weekly, 4 seasons throughout the year. The final week of the season is reserved for a playoff tournament to crown the ultimate axe throwing champion.

As urban axe throwing continues to grow, The World Axe Throwing League launches to unify axe throwing leagues around the world! The World Axe Throwing League (WATL) is the global governing body & league for the sport of urban axe throwing.


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