National Axe Throwing Federation

The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) is a global organization established in the United States in 2016 for the sport of axe throwing.[1][2][3]

National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF)
National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF)
The Wilson Cup (center), awarded annually to the winner of the National Axe Throwing Championship.

NATF has over 4,500 league members in over 55 cities and seven countries.[4] Its leagues culminate in the National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC) to award the Wilson Cup and over $16,500 in prize money and charitable donation.


Scoring in axe-throwing includes a three-round match system where five axes are thrown per round. The first player to win two of three rounds wins. Scoring is determined by where on the target the axe strikes.

The targets under NATF have a black bullseye ring, followed by a red ring, and then a blue ring. The scoring is 5, 3, and 1 point respectively. Additionally, there are green dots in the corner, known as “Clutch,” and must be called in advance during the final throw of a match (worth 7 points). Point designation is based on where the majority of the blade lands and sticks.[5]

Current Member OrganizationsEdit

  • ABQ Axe
  • Axe Club of America
  • Axe Factor Singapore
  • Axe Kickers
  • Axe Nation
  • Axt Axe Throwing
  • Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL)
  • Bare Axe Throwing
  • Bounce Milwaukee (Fling Milwaukee)
  • Bullseye Axe Throwing
  • Chill Axe Throwing
  • Chopper's Hatchet House
  • Civil Axe Throwing
  • Detroit Axe
  • Forged Axe Throwing
  • Golden Axe Throw Club
  • Half Axe
  • Kraken Axes
  • LA AX
  • Axe Club of America
  • LumberJaxes
  • Maniax Axe Throwing
  • Mazhu Axes
  • Meduseld Meadery
  • Northern Axperts
  • Peterborough Axe Club
  • Primitive Axe
  • Rage Academy
  • Riot Axe
  • Timber Lounge Halifaxe
  • Total Axe Throwing
  • True North Axe Throwing
  • UberWarrior
  • Urban Axes
  • Valhalla Indoor Axe Throwing
  • Warriors Axe Throwing

National Axe Throwing ChampionshipEdit

The axe throwing league calendar culminates at the National Axe Throwing Championship (NATC), where league players compete for the Wilson Cup. The NATC takes place in two stages of competition in January and February of each year. The final stage takes place during the annual All-Star Weekend, together with other axe throwing events including the Winter Skillz competition and the Axe Prom dinner and awards ceremony.

The Red Door Family Shelter Donation

Charitable SupportEdit

The 2018 All-Star Weekend was presented by Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. The NATC tournament helped to raise proceeds of $9,766.92 for donation to the Red Door Family Shelter.

NATC WinnersEdit

Winners of the NATC are awarded the Wilson Cup, which is named after the NATF's Commissioner, Matt Wilson. Wilson and some friends pioneered the sport in 2006.[6]

  • 2017-19 Straun Riley - Backyard Axe Throwing League
  • 2016-17 Stefan Herda - Backyard Axe Throwing League

From 2012 - 2016 the National Axe Throwing Championship was known as the annual Champions League tournament for eligible competitors from the Backyard Axe Throwing League. Past Champions League winners include:

  • 2013-16 Stefan Herda
  • 2012-13 Jari Salovaara
  • 2011-12 Dave Michna
NATF Competitive Regions

NATF Competitive RegionsEdit

The NATF consists of seven North American regions and one International region to support local axe throwing competition.


The National Axe Throwing Federation was founded in 2016 by Matt Wilson and COO, Brian Simmons, from BATL.[7]


  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. ^ Locklin, Kristy (October 10, 2017). "Axe-throwing on the cutting edge of entertainment". Crain's Pittsburgh. Montreal. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Mitka, Nate (January 2017). "Trend: Hatchet-Throwing Leagues On The Rise". Gear Junkie. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Fatima, Sahar (June 2013). "Trend: Where burying the hatchet can gain you points". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Scordo, Lizbeth. "Taking an Axe to Dull Evenings". The Red Bulletin.

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