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The International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF)

Round 1 occurred at participating member locations on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

January 5, 2020

All participating member locations. Contact your member location for more details.

Registration fee of $25 + tax CAD paid through the IATF store. A link will be emailed to each Round 1 qualifier.


Round 1


Click here to see the 2020 Round 1 Qualifiers.

Round 1

In Round 1 of competition, each competitor will throw 75 axes (15 axes, 5 times, shifting targets each time) as well as 15 consecutive big axes, with the goal to register the highest average score per 15 regular axe throws and the highest point total in big axe throws. The highest average score(s) will qualify to represent their organization in Round 2 of the IATC. Ties will be broken by big axe score. Round 1 average scores will also be used to determine seeding for the Round 2 tournament. ​

​Round 1 Qualification

Round 1 of the IATC tournament, the preliminary round, will be held at all IATF organizations on one set day in 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;


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;

  • In 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:

  • 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 far right lane will move to the far left lane of the arena 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 two sets of 15 throws they throw a total match score of 21 each (42 total), in their third and fourth sets 34 and 33 respectively (67), and in their third set, a 61. The total axe points obtained over the 5 matches is 170, divided by 5 to obtain an average score of 34. This average score is the determining factor that will decide who goes on to the next round.

Competitors will also throw 15 big axes, recording their total score. In the event of a tie in average score, the cumulative big axe score will be used as the tie breaker:

  • For example, 2 competitors finish with a 56.67 average score:

    • Thrower “A” scores 3 points on all 15 of their big axe throws, giving them a cumulative big axe score of 45;

    • Thrower “B” throws seven 3 point throws and drops 8 axes, giving them a cumulative big axe score of 21;

    • Thrower “A” will be ranked above thrower “B” in this round of the tournament.

Their position or 'seeding' within the next round stage of the tournament is determined by the preliminary round average scores.

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