Axe Throwing

Amateur Axe Throwing Challenge & Open Axe Throwing Championship – Contest Rules
Courtesy of the World Axe Throwing League

Axe throwing is a traditional lumberjack sport in which competitors test their skill and accuracy as they attempt to score as many points as possible by consecutively sticking an axe as close to the middle of a wooden target as they can.

Objective: accumulate the highest score in five throws by landing the axe into the painted ringed target.

1. Eligibility. To be eligible for this contest, an individual must:
(a) be a legal Canadian resident;
(b) be of the age of majority (18+) in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry; and
(c) be able to accept the prize as awarded

Employees of FX 101.9 (the radio station) and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, successors and assigns, the Darwin Event Group (the promoter) and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, successors and assigns, and the Halifax Exhibition Centre and it parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, successors and assigns, their advertising and promotional agencies, and/or the household members of any of the above are not eligible to enter.

The sponsors shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contest. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the sponsors for the purpose of the Contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information.

2. Contest Period. Contest registration begins at approximately 12:01 am Atlantic Time (AT) on February 26, 2018 and ends at 11:59 pm AT
on March 7, 2018.

3. How to Enter. Eligible contestants must pre-register on-line by completing the entry form at No entries will be accepted by any other means. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Contestants will be contacted by phone and/or email to confirm receipt of their registration form. Contestants must present themselves (with photo identification) at the Show Office of the Atlantic Outdoor Sports & RV Show no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition. The $5.00 registration fee must be paid and a competition waiver signed (available at the Show Office) before the contestant is eligible to compete.

The Atlantic Outdoor Sports & RV Show is located at:
Halifax Exhibition Centre
200 Prospect Road
Halifax, NS
B3T 1P2

Contestants will have complimentary admission to the Atlantic Outdoor Sports & RV Show. Tickets available for pick-up at the Box Office.

1.1 Symmetrically shaped double-bit throwing axe
1.2 Axes head weight recommended to be no less than 2.0 lbs.
1.3 Handle length minimum of 24 in. (including and stopping at the upper trough of the axes head).
1.4 Blade width shall not exceed 6 in.
1.5 Axe handles must be free of splits, splinters and cracks and be securely wedged into the eye of the axes head as to insure it’s safe and securely fastened for safe throwing.
1.6 Head Judge must inspect and approve all axes before starting warm ups or competition.
1.7 The host venue must supply a bucket of water to assist soaking of axe heads for safety.

Target Specifications:
2.1 Rounds of blocked wooden trunk targets of a wood species deemed soft enough to have an axe stick into its end grain fibres
(typically cedar, pine or spruce).
2.2 Preferred target dimension is 27 ¼ in. in diameter (minimum 26 in.).
2.3 Minimum competition target thickness is 10 in.
2.4 Centre of target is to be exactly 60 in. from the ground.
2.5 The competition target will consist of five scoring areas:
Red Centre: 3.25 in. bulls-eye worth 5 points (r = 1 5/8 in.)
White Ring: 3 in. ring worth 4 points (4 5/8 from centre)
Green Ring: 3 in. ring worth 3 points (7 5/8 in. from centre)
Blue Ring: 3 in. ring worth 2 points (10 5/8 in. from centre)
Red Ring: 3 in. ring worth 1 point (13 5/8 in. from centre)

Throwing or Foul Line:
3.1 Foul line is 20 ft. diagonally out from bull’s eye then down to the back of the throwing line.
3.2 Line consists of a 1 x 4 in. board painted red or white.
3.3 Length of board is to board a minimum of 14 in. up to 24 in. wide.

Warm up Throws:
4.1 Warm up targets must be made available for competitors before the competition begins
4.2 Contestants may take 3 practice throws before rotating to the next target in line allowing for the next person in line to follow suit and have their practice turn.
4.3 Throwing at a reserved competition target results in disqualification.

Lane Selection:
5.1 Lanes are selected by order of names as listed on event sheet from left to right (ie. 1st listed name starts in lane 1, 2nd listed name starts in lane 2)
5.2 Determined order of contestants are drawn out of a hat to make it a randomly selected list.
5.3 To start the match contestants are allowed to “clink” or tap their respective axe cheeks as a sign of camaraderie and respect.

Competition Rules:
6.1 The match starts when the area is cleared by the Judge.
6.2 The match stops after completing throws and axes are secured.
6.3 Contestant may take the one practice throw at the competitive target of specify to pass.
6.4 Competition starts when Judge officially announces the start of the competition.
6.5 After the starting signal has been verified each competitor may then throw when ready.
6.6 Once both axes have been scored the competitors many then retrieve their axes.
6.7 Competitor with the highest score after two qualifying round of 5 throws moves on.
6.8 Competitor with the highest score after five throws while going “head-to-head” wins.
6.9 Throwing axes must be double bitted, have four points and be reasonable symmetrical as per the Judge’s discretion.
6.10 Contestants are not to touch any part of the axe in any way while the Judge is examining the resulting score of the throw.
6.11 Any part of the blade that is not making contact with the wooden target does not count.
6.12 Foot/feet may not cross the foul line until the thrown axe hits the target.

7.1 The leading edge of the axe shall be the only scoring edge.
7.2 If both edges of axe stick in target then throw is disqualified
7.3 Judging must be completed and scored before axe is removed.
7.4 The axe must stick and stay in target to count.
7.5 Points awarded from the bull’s eye out shall be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
7.6 Axe needs only to cut outer edge of next highest ring to count as a point in that scoring area.
7.7 In the case that the axe is embedded beyond the surface of the face of the target the axe may be backed out upon request to determine if the leading edge indeed broke through the surface and into the higher scoring ring.
7.8 If the axe falls from the target as the Judge, upon request, is backing out the axe to reveal the potentially higher score, then the thrower receives the lower point value of the two.
7.9 Upon backing out the handle of the axe must return to the same angle as it was originally.

Match Format:
Contestants in the qualifying or preliminary rounds of the competition are vying for a spot in the head-to-head elimination bracket based upon their qualifying scores. The two top competitors will then meet in the finals to determine who is the top axe throwing athlete.

Preliminary Round:
8.1 Competitors throw five axes in tandem with a randomly selected opponent
8.2 Scores are tabulated from the results of the five axes and recorded.
8.3 After the complete order of competitors has been rotated through. Competitors then switch their respective lanes and complete five additional qualifying throws for a total of ten throws.
8.4 Overtime throw-offs are to be made for contestants with scores resulting in ties who are on the fringe of getting into the 16 or 8-person elimination brackets.
8.5 Competitors with ties in preliminary rounds receive two throws each in an attempt to win the first over time in order to move on into the next round.
8.6 If after the first overtime there’s still a tie then we go into single shot elimination throw off until one qualifying winner is determined.

Elimination Round:
9.1 Competitors get 5 throws as they go head-to-head in a single elimination bracket competition.
9.2 In the event of a tie, competitors go into a sudden death throw off in which competitors get one single shot each in an attempt to better the score of the opposing competitor.
9.3 Highest scoring competitor moves on

Final Round:
10.1 Competitors receive 5 throws in each lane for a total of 10 throws in order to determine the axe throwing champion.
10.2 Ties are settled in single shot sudden death fashion.
10.3 Winners must be present for award ceremony in order to receive payout.

Amateur Axe Throwing Challenge Open Axe Throwing Championship
Pay-out Pay-out
1st Place = $100 *1st Place = $150 5th Place = $60
2nd Place = $75 *2nd Place = $100 6th Place = $40
3rd Place = $50 3rd Place = $90 7th Place = $20
4th Place = $25 4th Place = $80 8th Place = $10

*Top two finalists throw for White Point Beach Getaway Grand Prize.

– Only 2 contestants and/or Judge are allowed in throwing lanes during match play.
– Contestants must stand behind the foul line until both axes have been thrown in the case of a head-to-head competition.
– Shared or lent house axes are to be carefully placed in axe stumps to ensure safe handling.
– Axes must be sheathed or returned to their case upon leaving throwing lane.
– Close toes shoes are required and no baggy hoodies.

Note: Judges call is final. After the leading edge of the axe has been verified and tabulated, the score cannot be changed for any reason.

Note: a protest may be lodged by a competitor against any breach in the rules on the part of a Club, Official, or competitor. Such a protest shall be made to the Judge, either verbally or in writing.