World Axe Throwing League

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World Axe Throwing League (WATL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 WATL season
World Axe Throwing League Sign.jpg
SportAxe Throwing
FoundedFebruary 2017 (2 years ago) (2017-02)
FounderMario Zelaya
Inaugural seasonSpring 2017
CommissionerEvan Walters
CountriesCanada Canada
United States United States
Ireland Republic of Ireland
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Denmark Denmark
Brazil Brazil
Turkey Turkey
Russia Russia
Spain Spain
Netherlands Netherlands
Hungary Hungary
Poland Poland
New Zealand New Zealand
Slovenia Slovenia
Indonesia Indonesia
South Africa South Africa
ContinentsNorth America
South America
Europe
Asia
Most recent
champion(s)
Benjamin Edgington
Official websiteworldaxethrowingleague.com

The World Axe Throwing League (WATL) is an organization established in 2017 that governs the rules and league play for the sport of urban axe throwing.[1][2]

The WATL supports over 130 affiliated locations, who compete in sanctioned axe throwing leagues[3] across 16 countries for a chance to win the annual World Axe Throwing League Championship.[4]

Scoring[edit]

An example of WATL targets with the points shown in their respective zones

Scoring is a match system where ten axes are thrown per match. The player with the highest points of their ten thrown axes wins the match. In case of a tie a "Sudden Death" throw is made for the highest score, sudden death throws are done until one thrower scores higher than the other. Scoring is determined by where you strike your axe into the target. The WATL targets have a red bullseye ring, followed by four empty rings, and then a blue ring. The scoring is 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point respectively. Additionally, there are blue dots in the 1 point ring, known as "Kill-shot," and can only be used for the 5th throw and the final throw in the match for 8 points. Point designation is based on the highest point value the axe touches when it lands and sticks.

WATL Tournaments[edit]

In 2018, WATL started working on a tournament format to help include any throwers who couldn't regularly participate in the WATL axe throwing seasons. This started off by worked with Columbus Axe Throwing, to bring Urban Axe Throwing to Columbus, Ohio, for the Arnold Sports Festival (also known as the Arnold Classic or just "the Arnold" and named after Arnold Schwarzenegger) [5] Currently there are plans to move forward with more tournaments in more locations But currently have only announced three annual tournaments. The Arnold, the U.S. Open, and the Canadian Open.

WATL Arnold Tournament

Year Champion Location 2nd Place
2018 Canada Jon Miller United States Columbus, Ohio Canada Julio Romero
2019 United States John Bradley United States Columbus, Ohio United States Ryan Gustin
2019 Brazil Francisco Nobre Brazil São Paulo, Brazil United States Cara Fritz

US Open Results

Year Champion Location 2nd Place
2018 United States John Bradley United States Chicago, Illinois United States Eric Enriquez
2019

Canadian Open Results

Year Champion Location 2nd Place 3rd Place
2019 United States David Cycon Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia United States Michael Kump United States Steve Malvey

Axe Throwing World Championship[edit]

The trophy made for the World Axe throwing Championship

The Axe Throwing World Championship takes place once a year in December. The format has slight changes from year to year, to be announced before the beginning of the yearly competition. 2018 marks the first time in the sport of axe throwing's history that a Championship has been presented on ESPN. [6]

Axe Throwing World Champions

Year World Champion Location Represented Country 2nd Place 3rd Place
2017 Chris Morning Far Shot Recreation  Canada Jon Miller Michael Moore
2018 Benjamin Edgington Bad Axe Throwing Denver  United States David Cycon Paul Gammon

Current WATL Members[edit]

WATL locations by country
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Color-coded map showing the various continents. Similar shades exhibit areas that may be consolidated or subdivided. WATL members in multiple countries are represented by *
  North America   
Canada Canada

The Wood ShedFriendly City Axe ThrowingTimberjaxe Throwing SportsFar Shot RecreationHalimacJack AxesBad Axe Throwing*Lumberjacks Axe ThrowingBullets & BroadheadsAxes & Allies

United States of America United States

Columbus Axe ThrowingThe Axe PitFlying AxesGot Wood Axe Throwing Co.Agawam Axe HouseEpic Axe ThrowingThe Axe PitThe Hub StadiumBroad Axe Throwing RoomCincinnati Axe ThrowingRockaxe CityCleveland Axe ThrowingRaider Axe LodgeDallas Axe ThrowingThe Axe HouseHouston Axe ThrowingBury the HatchetAngry Axe ThrowingBad Axe Throwing*Flying Axe FactoryAxe ArenaProdigious EntertainmentGrindin' AxesLumberAxeAutobahn Axe ThrowingThe Flip'N AxeEscape 605Ironside Axe ClubAxes & AlliesSister AxeExtreme AxeCombat OpsDueling AxesTribal AxeBlades & BoardsHatchet JacksOregon AxeSplitting Timber Axe RangeBTL Axe of Battle Creek, MI

   Europe   
Ireland Republic of Ireland

Tom'O'HawksAxe Club

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lumber Lounge

Denmark Denmark

MØLLEVEJ

Spain Spain

Barcelona Axe Throwing

Netherlands Netherlands

Urban Axe ThrowingBreak Stuff

Hungary Hungary

Balta Dobálás

Poland Poland

Nasiekiery

Slovenia Slovenia

Axe Throwing Europe

  South America   
Brazil Brazil

MhaxadoViking Axes

  Africa   
South Africa South Africa

Urban Axe Pack

  Asia   
Turkey Turkey

Yaban Akademi

Russia Russia

Peresvet (ПЕРЕСВЕТ)

Indonesia Indonesia

Mother Huckers

  Australia/Oceania   
New Zealand New Zealand

Sweet Axe Throwing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirsch, Jesse (September 25, 2017). "Global Axe Throwing Showdown". ABC.
  2. ^ "World Axe Throwing League, founded by Burlington's Bad Axe Throwing, searching for champion". Burlington Post. Sep 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Miller, Ben (Jun 7, 2017). "Like throwing axes? Canadian axe-throwing chain to open in Denver". Denver Business Journal.
  4. ^ "The First World Axe Throwing League Championship is Set to Kick Off This Year". Global News. Oct 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Manns, Sarah. "Compete for the Axe Throwing Championship Belt". Arnold Sports Festival.
  6. ^ Lacy, Eric (October 31, 2018). "World Axe Throwing League Championship secures ESPN deal, invites Lansing ax throwing business". USA Today Network.

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