The IATF is happy to announce several key dates in 2022 for the Road to the IATC and the long-awaited culmination of the 2020-2021 season.
This season will officially end on March 11th, 2022, paving the way for successive IATF seasons to run from early March to early March each year, with the IATC held in Toronto moving to June, a welcome change from our traditional, cold February tournament.
The IATF will also be adjusting certain regional borders to better reflect our league populations. More importantly, we will be redrawing these regions for this season to minimize travel across borders in certain areas and to support league members wishing to travel for regional competitions by limiting additional costs for COVID testing, etc.
A map of the newly drawn Regions for the 2020-2021 Season can be found below.
On February 27th, 2022 the IATF will be partnering with 9 of our member organizations to host Regional competitions for any league participants who took part in sanctioned league play in either a Standard or Premier league during the 2020 or 2021 seasons, even partial seasons or seasons at clubs that have since closed. Regional winners are automatically entered into Round 1 of the IATC.
Regional hosts for the 2020-2021 Season are:
West: True North, Red Deer, AB
Southwest: LA Ax, Los Angeles, CA
South: Urban Axes, Austin, TX
Central: Detroit Axe, Detroit, MI
East: Ace Axe, Pittsburgh, PA
Southeast: BATL LoSo, Charlotte, NC
Northeast: BATL Portlands, Toronto, ON
Pacific: Maniax CBD, Melbourne, VIC
European: Skeeters, London, UK
Registration information will be available in the new year so stay tuned.
The weekend of March 18th, 19th and 20th, 2022 IATF members who have hosted a sanctioned Standard or Premier league during the 2020-2021 Season may choose to host a Wild Card tournament (Premier Rules.) This tournament is open to any player who has participated in a sanctioned league in either stream (Premier or Standard) but has not qualified for Round 1 of the 2022 IATC at that point in time (see qualification path here.) Look for announcements from your local club closer to the date for details.
Round 1 of the 2022 IATC will be hosted on April 8th, 9th, and 10th at all participating IATF member locations who held sanctioned leagues in either stream (Premier or Standard) from January 2020 until March 11th, 2022. The full list of those eligible for participation in Round 1 will be available shortly after completion of the 2020-2021 league year in March once we collect the data from each sanctioned league.
Should a location have closed in the interim, their players will be allowed to compete for that club’s vacant spot(s) at their nearest IATF location.
We are as excited as all of you to reach the end of this COVID extended season and we are counting the days until we kick off this year’s International Axe Throwing Championship with Round 1 at your home venues in April 2022. We cannot wait to see you all there.
*dates may be subject to change based on evolving global COVID landscape