Tribal Axe is an official member of the World Axe Throwing League

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People that join our Axe Throwing League are probably the coolest people you’ll meet.

League play is once per week for 7 weeks with a playoff on week 8.  Each League night you’ll play in 4 matches and accumulate points all season.  There is also a tournament at the end of the season.

Sign-ups are closed for Summer 2021 WATL League.  Stay tuned for Fall League!

There are many new updates for 2021.
Get the latest rules and guidelines here

Code of Conduct

The mission of The World Axe Throwing League is to promote competition through sportsmanship and fair play. Our leagues/events should be played in a sportsmanship-like manner. Although competition may become intense, we expect our participants to maintain a high degree of sportsmanship up to and after the final throw. As a participant in any WATL tournament or event, you must pledge to:

Gameplay Rules

  • Each league night allows every participant 4 matches.
  • Each match is played against different opponents, selected at random and consists of the following:
    • 10 throws per match.
    • In each match, players will take 5 throws then switch sides.
      • This ensures fair play when there’s varying density in wood.
    • The winner of the match will be the person with the most points after 10 throws.
    • In the event of a tie after 10 throws, there will be sudden death:
      • The players will throw again (11th time) and the winner will be the person that scores the higher points during that throw.
      • If both players tie again, they must continue with sudden death throws until there is a winner.
      • Points are not counted or tallied during sudden death.
  • The match points and win/loss then be recorded and uploaded to the leaderboards.
  • After 7 weeks, the 8th and final week of each season will be the playoffs and final match to determine the season champion. See Playoffs section for details.
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Axes must be inside the black line in order to count for that value:

  • 6 points for the bullseye
  • 5 points for the 1st ring (defined as the unmarked area between the bullseye and black ring around bullseye area)
  • 4 points for the 2nd ring
  • 3 points for the 3rd ring
  • 2 points for the 4th ring.
  • 1 point for the 5th ring.
  • 8 points for the Killshot.
  • If the axe falls before the presiding official scores the axe, the axe is counted as a drop

For all the details on scoring check out WATL Scoring.



Late Players and/or Early Departures

  • Players are allowed to arrive up to 1 hour late, after official league start time.
  • Players are allowed to leave up to 1 hour early, prior to the end of the scheduled official league time.
  • If a player arrives late, after the 1 hour official start time or leaves earlier than the 1 hour league completion time:
    • The player that was scheduled to go against him will be granted an automatic win, but will perform 10 throws and have their points recorded.
    • The late player will automatically receive a loss and a zero for all throws.
  • Exceptions are allowed with consent of opposing players affected that day and approval from referee.


  • Players are allowed to miss up to 2 days of regulation play during the season and make up their matches and throws in subsequent weeks:
    • Players must make up any missed matches by week 7, otherwise, a loss will be attributed to their absence with a score of 0.
    • No missed matches and throws are to be performed during week 8 (playoffs) – the seven week mark is the cut off.
  • In order to miss a regulation league night, players are required to give a minimum 1 day notice to the referee of their absence.

Playoff Exception

  • Players are required to arrive to the playoffs at the start of regulation play.
  • If a player is not present when their match begins, a 10 minute grace period will be offered.
    • If the player does not show up, they will forfeit their match and the player that is present will be awarded the win.
    • If the player arrives during their grace period, but is late for their next match, they will be immediately disqualified.

Regular Season

  • The entire season lasts 8 weeks including playoffs.
  • There are 7 weeks where players can work on their season total allowing for 280 throws that officially contribute to each player’s season standings.


  • The top 16 of players with the most points will make it to the final week of playoffs where a champion is crowned. In the event of a tie at the end of the season, the amount of match wins will determine the standings for playoffs.
  • Initial tournament match-ups will be determined as follows:
    • The player with the highest score will throw against the player with the lowest score. The second highest scorer from the regular season is matched against the second lowest scorer of qualifying players and so on so that the two players with the median scores are matched up.
  • The tournament follows a single elimination structure for each round except final round.
    • The winner of each match consisting of 10 throws, except in case of tie-breakers, advances to the next round.
  • The final round between the two potential league champions will be at most 50 throws. Each player will throw 5 times on their respective target before switching to the other target.
    • The Winner: will be the person who wins 3 out of the 5 matches.

World Championship

  • The World Axe Throwing League Championships are held once a year during the winter season in late November, early December
    • The champions and runner up from all locations, globally, are invited to the WATL Championship
  • We will announce the seasonal WATL Champion at the end of each season.
    • The WATL Champion will be crowned from one of the regional champions.
      • It will be the individual with the most points during the regular season.