Axe throwing

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Axe throwing in slow motion

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. Today there are commercial locations in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom where participants can compete, similar to dart throwing, as well as opportunities at festivals and some theme parks.[1][2][3][4]


Axe throwing at the Ming Culture Village, a theme park near the Yangshan Quarry, China

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.[5][6][7] 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 hits or misses 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.[8]


The sport of axe throwing deals with a potentially dangerous weapon, so the throwing area must be kept safe at all times. If there is an open area behind the target, then spectators and others should be plainly prevented from walking into said area. The target area should be taped off using flags or light fencing materials. A first aid kit and a person trained in first aid and CPR should be at hand in the event of an emergency. For competition in rural and remote areas, the GPS location for the event should be reported in the case of First-Responders being needed.[9]

World Axe Throwing League[edit]

The World Axe Throwing League (WATL) is the largest professional association for axe throwing in the world[10][better source needed], and the global governing body & league for the sport of axe throwing. With 41 members in 9 countries, WATL is responsible for the organization of axe throwing’s major international tournaments, notably the World Axe Throwing Championship.

National Axe Throwing Federation[edit]

The Wilson Cup (center) - awarded to the annual winner of the National Axe Throwing Championship.

The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) is an organization with global membership that seeks to establish standardized rules for the sport of axe throwing. Throwers in NATF sanctioned leagues compete in the National Axe Throwing Championship to award an annual winner of the Wilson Cup.

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  1. ^ Heller, Karen (September 30, 2016). "Competitive axe-throwing is an actual thing, and apparently it's best done with beer". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Delean, Paul (November 7, 2016). "Axe-throwing is suddenly all the rage in Montreal". The Gazette. Montreal. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Bosker, Bianca (September 2016). "Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Lindner, Matt. "Ax throwing — the 'modern-day bowling' — coming to Chicago". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  5. ^ "The rules of Axe Throwing". Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Lumberjack Events and Rules". Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Lumberjack World Championships". Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
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  10. ^ World Axe Throwing League

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