Axe throwing is a sport in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bulls eye as near as possible. Axe throwing is an event in most lumberjack competitions. Throwing axes was formerly an enjoyable and exciting pastime practiced in the early Colonial period. Throughout the ages, axe throwing enthusiasts have developed set of rules and challenges to make the most out of this sport. Nowadays, this sport is also participated in by women and children.
The Throwing Range
The sport of axe throwing deals with a potentially dangerous weapon that is why the throwing area must be kept safe at all times. There should be a minimum distance of 50 feet behind the target to ensure that spectator's won't just walk in to the area. The target area should be taped off using flags or light fencing materials. There should also be a first aid kit as well people trained in First Aid and CPR, in the event of an emergency. For competition in rural and remote areas, the GPS location for the event should be reported just in case First-Responders are needed in the location.
The target is thirty-six inches wide, consisting of five rings that are each four inches wide. The outside ring is worth one point, the next one in is worth two, then three, then four and finally the bulls eye is worth five points. The distance of the throwing line to the target should be 6.1 meters or 21 feet, but at least one association conducts competitions from 15 and 30 foot distances. The axe is scored for the value of the outer most ring that it is touching. Each player gets five throws in a game for a maximum score of 25. The thrower must not step over the throwing line before the axe hit or miss the target, a thrower who steps over the line gets 0 points. Before the competition, a special target for practice throws must be made available. Throwers practicing on the competition target will be disqualified from the competition. This perfect score is common in practice, but rare in competitions.
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