Rules

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Age isn’t just a number—it ensures you can handle a real axe and play by the rules. All axe throwing participants must be at least 14 and show the ability to safely throw the Axe. Players must be able to safely control the axe and hit the target from our standard Red throwing line. The Axe coaches have the final say when it comes to age and safety.

RULES

  1. Waivers are required for all participants.
  2. You must obey the Axe Coaches commands at all times.
  3. No open toed shoes.
  4. No horseplay
  5. Never handle or throw an axe until given permission by an Axe Coach.
  6. never touch the Axe blade.(Yes they are sharp!)
  7. Only overhand, one or two hand throws are permitted.
  8. A Yellow line separates the throwing lanes from the spectator area. At no time are players allowed past the yellow line unless it is their turn to throw.
  9. Players cannot cross the Red safety line while axes are in play. You will be instructed when to retrieve your axe.
  10. Do not pass an axe to another player. Axes are to be placed in bins after retrieval.
  11. Do not throw an axe if someone is in front of you or near the target. Keep a clear area of at least 6 feet surrounding the target.
  12. Report any injuries to your Axe Coach immediately.
  13. Misconduct will not be tolerated. Any participant that refuses to follow the rules will be asked to leave immediately.

THE BASICS

  • 6 points for the bulls-eye (Red Circle)
  • 4 points for the second ring
  • 3 points for the third ring
  • 2 points for the fourth ring
  • 1 point for the outer Ring

The kill shot (Blue Circles) ares only available on the tenth and final throw of the match. Your coach will provide a countdown as both players MUST throw their axes at the exact same time.

TECHNICALITIES

The blue balls, also known as the kill shot, award 10 points but only in moment of tie-breakers. Otherwise the blue balls are worth the value of the ring they are in.

If the axe is in 2 rings simultaneously, then they are awarded the points for the higher valued ring.

Stick and Stay Policy: The axe must remain in the target for the throw to count. If it falls out, then the throw will be awarded a “0”.

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THROWING TECHNIQUE

So, you think it’s as simple as picking up a wooden handle with a steel blade attached to it and whipping it hard? Think again. There’s a lot of technique and strategy that goes into every throw if you want to be a winner. There must be at least ONE rotation per throw. If an axe only makes about 50% of a rotation and the blade touches or sticks to the target, the throw counts. You’ve got two options:

1 – one hand holding the axe and over or behind the head

2 – two hands holding the axe and over or behind the head

 

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THROWING DISTANCE

Where: Lines marked on the floor approximately 12-15 feet from the targets designate a range to throw from. Shorter players generally throw from the front line marked at 12′ and taller players generally throw from the back line marked at 15′. If you fall into that sweet average height range, you get to float between the lines.

Axe Throwing Distance

Why: The range of motion created by the thrower, referred to as rotation, will actually be larger for a taller player. This means that the axe will actually reach the target sooner with less rotation. By comparison, a shorter player’s rotation is smaller which means the axe has more opportunity to rotate within the same distance before reaching the target. The results are over-rotation and under-rotation. The axe has a greater chance of sticking to the target if it rotates exactly once before reaching the target. Therefore, a shorter player with a smaller rotation should stand closer to the target and a taller player with a larger rotation should stand further back from the target to allow the axe to rotate exactly once within the set distance. Put simply, your axe throwing coach will show you where to plant your feet unless you want to show off what you learned in physics 101.

THROWING STANCE

Each participant throws from a box that is 3 feet wide. The lead foot must be in the boxed area at all times when throwing, while the back foot can be outside or behind the boxed area. The front foot is allowed to touch the front line during a throw BUT if the foot is over the front line at the start/during the throw, it will be counted as zero. If their foot is over the line after the axe is release, the throw is counted. Participants are not allowed to step forward or over the line during throws.

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WHEN TO THROW

Knowing when to throw is almost as important as knowing how to throw, as it could cost you major points if you throw too early or too late. Here’s some tips on knowing when to throw the axe;

Axe throwing is a competitive sport which means players throw against other players. Each lane has two targets side-by-side which means you and your buddies throw right beside each other. The coach will provide a count down from 3 to account for all 3 positions the axe should reach in the players’ form. Learn more about how to throw an axe. Axes from each player should be released at the same time and retrieved from inside the lane only when both axes have landed.

SAFETY

Is axe throwing safe? Urban axe throwing venues pride themselves on maintaining outstandingly low incident rates. Safety is paramount in the sport of axe throwing and a major reason are the axe throwing coaches.

Axes – Each and every axe is inspected prior to each event to ensure the axe is up to par. Participants are instructed to grip the axe by the handle and only the handle. Coaches ensure the blades of the axes are sharp enough to hit AND stick to the target, but are not razor blade sharp to the touch. No broken axes are ever used.

Lanes – Each throwing area is designated as a throwing lane. Fences block this area from the rest of the facility to keep throwers and axe all contained. Only the 2 throwers and the axe throwing coach are allowed in inside the lane at one time. This includes ensuring the area behind the throwers is clear. For safety reasons, participants are instructed to throw and retrieve their axes in sync with one another.

Coaches – Each event is assigned a fully trained axe throwing coach. Coaches provide step-by-step direction throughout the entire event from orientation, demonstrating how to throw an axe, running tournaments to crowing the ultimate axe throwing champion.  To ensure the safety of each participant, the coaches countdown from 3, signalling the throwers when to throw. These coaches monitor the overall safety of the event as well as provide personalized coaching for the participants to be able to hit that bulls-eye.

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MINI AXE THROWING GAMES

There are a TON of mini axe throwing games you can play to get warmed up for your tournament.  Your event will always begin with these games to ensure all participants get comfortable for more competition later on. Here’s a list of some of our favourites:

Countdown: This involves two teams starting at a high score of 100. Each point scored will knock off some points with the ultimate goal of getting to zero first. The tricky part? You have to hit zero bang on, meaning if your score is at 2 and you hit a bulls-eye, which is 6 points your score is now -4 and you need 4 points to get back to zero to win.

Rings: While this game seems easy at the onset, it’s quite challenging once you start throwing. The goal with this axe throwing game is to hit each ring/target in the correct order, meaning your first throw is to aim for the outer ring, and the second throw is aiming for the second ring from the outside. Once you reach the bulls-eye your goal is to hit the blue balls in the top left and then the top right corners. The first team to successfully hit all targets in the correct order, wins!

Tic-Tac-Toe: Here we bring you back a couple of decades to your childhood and introduce you to the axe throwing version of tic-tac-toe. This game includes drawing the tic-tac-toe grid onto your axe throwing target and each team or player gets a throw into the grid. The first to get all axes in a successful tic-tac-toe wins!

OFFICIAL ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT GUIDE

Scoring: Each round, each player will get 5 throws from each target for a total of 10 and whoever gets the most points wins that round robin match. The format is as follows: bump axes, throw 5, switch places, bump axes, throw 5.

Match Ups: Compete in a qualifying round where pairings with head-to-head match-ups don’t matter. Every player’s score will be recorded individually to determine their standing in round 1. The highest scorers match-up against the lowest scorers in round 1, which means players scoring closest to mid-range in qualifying will play each other. If there is an odd number of participants, the player with the highest score in a given round gets a by in the next round. This player will compete against the lowest scorer of the next round to even out the match ups. Essentially, the lowest scorer of a given round with an odd number of competitors has two match ups.

Progression: Each successive round will have half as many players as the one before it until there are two players left for the finals. If a player has a by into the finals (due to odd numbers) that player will play the winner of the final 1 on 1 round for the ultimate championship.

Team Tournament: For team battles divide the groups in half. Each player will get 5 throws. Add up the the points from each player and whatever team has the most points wins that round.

Stick it axe throwing is located in Tagtime Laser Tag's faculity in Newport News, Va.

MAXIMUM & MINIMUM GROUP REQUIREMENTS

The more the merrier! The sport of axe throwing is simply more fun with more people. The majority of locations require a minimum booking of 8 players to facilitate adequate turnover time and maximize competition. Urban axe throwing facilities can typically accommodate much larger groups ranging anywhere from 50 to 120 participants. Depending on the group size, there will be various game options available for warmup but the official round robin tournament is a common practice that is always available. Depending on the size of the group, the length of the event will vary slightly. On average, an event lasts for 2.5 hours and 3 hours for a larger group. This allows all participants to practice axe throwing and get comfortable with what works/doesn’t work for them. It also allows enough time for the competition and one lucky player to be crowned the ultimate axe throwing champion!

Axe Throwing is a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, organize a team building event or simply have a great time with family and friends. Now that you’ve learned all about axe throwing rules and games, it’s time for you to see if you can apply the skills. Here are just a few reasons why you should book your axe throwing event with us:

  • Safety is extremely important to us and we provide a designated coach to each booking.
  • Our locations can accommodate small or large groups.
  • We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks so that you can eat, drink and be burly while throwing!
  • AND our coaches will make sure you have an absolute blast (we guarantee it).

Your axe throwing coach will take it from here so get in there and give it a whirl! Remember to have fun and the bulls-eyes will fall into place.