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The International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF)

(8.2) Round 1 of the IATC

Round 1 of the IATC tournament, the preliminary round, will be held at all IATF organizations on one set day in the first week of January each year:

  • All qualifying throwers from every league will throw their preliminary round on the set date, at their home venue.

The preliminary round is a competition within each IATF member organization to determine which players will represent them in the final round of the tournament; *See “Member Representation”.​


In the preliminary round, players will be randomly split into groups of four. Players will take to their assigned lane, then throw the equivalent of 5 matches (a total of 75 throws) and 15 Big Axes:

  • In this round, competitors are not facing off one on one against an opponent, as in standard competition, rather, the goal here is to throw for the highest point total possible;
  • Upon completion of this round, competitors will be ranked against others from the same organization:
    • This is to ensure that each organization has their proper percentage of representation in the final round of the tournament:
      • See “Round 2”.
  • Once each group of 4 competitors has taken to their assigned lane, they will throw 15 axes in a row, scoring points under standard IATF scoring rules with the option to call and throw for Clutch every 5th throw;
  • Every 15 axes, scores will be tallied and competitors will move one lane to the right and throw another 15 axes until everyone has thrown 75 times:
    • Competitors on the farthest right lane will move to the far left lane of the arena to score their next throws when necessary;
    • Between every set of 15 throws, competitors can request a board change similar to regulation competition.
  • Each set of 15 throws will count as the score for 1 match totaling 5 match scores for every competitor. Players will receive the average match score from these 5 matches:
    • e.g.  for a competitor’s first set of 15 throws they throw a total match score of 42, in their second set, a 67,  in their third set, a 61, in their fourth set 60, and their fifth set another 60. The total scored points obtained over the 5 matches is 290, divided by 5 to obtain an average score of 58. 
  • Upon completion of these 75 throws each competitor will throw 15 consecutive big axes. 
    • A competitor may call Clutch at any point during their 15 big axe throws.
    • Competitors do NOT need to ‘Bull In’ before calling Clutch in these 15 throws
    • Their combined score from these 15 throws will be used as a tiebreaker in the case that the have the same 1st round average as another thrower. 
  • A player’s average score will be used to rank the throwers from that organization and the amount of throwers allowed based on their representation number (*See Member Representation) is the determining factor that will decide who moves on to the next round.
    • This score will also be used to seed a competitor that moves on to Round 2 of the IATC during the final tournament.

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