Round 1 of the 2024 Wilson Cup took place Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2024. The event was hosted by 56 IATF member organizations at over 74 locations worldwide. Of the 25,000 rostered league players, 783 qualifiers competed in Round 1. Of these competitors, 201 will join last year's IATC Champion, 24 Grand Slam winners, 20 Major winners, and the 9 winners of the 2024 IATF Regionals in the 256 player bracket for Round 2. 1 spot is reserved for the winner of the 2024 Close But No Cigar tournament held during the week of IATC.


Congratulations to all the players advancing to Round 2.


The IATF is excited to announce the results of the the first round of the 2024 Wilson Cup. 

Complete List of Round 1 Results

Please click the button here to download a PDF of the results list. The list is arranged alphabetically by Qualifying Club, then in descending order by Round 1 score. The list includes whether the competitor has advanced to Round 2. The list includes throwers who won their invitation via the Integrated Tournament Circuit.


The list will be updated regularly to indicate who has registered, declined and players who have advanced and can still register.

What's Next: Round 2

Round 2 of the Wilson Cup will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 15-16, 2024.


Round 2 will include 256 players. 54 spots are reserved for the IATC 2023 Champion, 24 Grand Slam winners, 20 Major winners, and the 9 winners of the 2024 IATF Regionals in the 256 player bracket for Round 2. 1 spot is reserved for the winner of the 2024 Close But No Cigar tournament held during the week of IATC. Each IATF member organization is allocated a portion of the 201 remaining Round 2 spots based on their total league participation during the Qualification Period.


Players' tournament seed in Round 2 is determined by their Round 1 performance.

Players Advancing to Round 2

If you are among the players advancing to Round 2, expect an email from the IATF containing details on how to register. Be sure to add info@iatf.com to your address book to ensure the email gets to you inbox. Your Round 2 registration includes a Homecoming ticket.

CLose But No Cigar

If you competed in Round 1 and are not among the players advancing to Round 2, you can still compete for the Wilson Cup by registering for the Close But No Cigar tournament, to be held at BATL Port Lands and BATL Stockyards on Friday, June 14, 2024. This is an exclusive tournament for Round 1 competitors that did not advance to Round 2. The finals of this tournament will take place on Saturday morning at BATL Port Lands with the winner entering Round 2 of the Wilson Cup as the 256th seed.


More info here: IATC 2024 Information and Itinerary

More Great IATC Events And competitions

We are so excited for you to join us in Toronto for IATC Round 2 and we hope to see you at all the awesome events the weekend has to offer. 


Homecoming


Homecoming is here for the best backyard party ever. Celebrate with a well-earned beer at the outdoor bar and kick back with a drink in a viewing tent surrounded by the best community. Cheer for your friends and favorites to win. This year, the finals for the Under 65, Doubles, and Women's tournaments will be at Homecoming and featured on the Livestream.



Tournaments


Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are packed full of events for you to check out: There are tournaments for Under 55 and Under 65, a Doubles tournament, and the above Close But No Cigar. This year we are introducing a Big Axe tournament and the first ever Women's Tournament at IATC. The Challenger Series Team is back to cohost the Global Versus Showdown. Qualifiers for that event will be Friday evening and the Showdown itself will take place at Homecoming on Sunday.


Check out the IATC 2024 Information and Itinerary to find your event! Tickets are on sale now.

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Welcome to the culmination of the 2023-2024 Integrated Tournament Circuit and axe throwing season.


This year we are proud to announce the expansion of the IATC schedule and your favourite tournaments (Under 55, Under 65, Doubles, Close But No Cigar), the return of a beloved event (The Skills Challenger Series), and the addition of some new and exciting tournaments (Big Axe and Women's).


Homecoming on Sunday, June 16th, will host not only the Wilson Cup finals, but the finals from the Under 65, Doubles, and Women's Tournaments. These tournament finalists will be featured on the IATC Live Feed!


The Global Versus Showdown returns for a second year reunited with the familiar Challenger Team.


The Awards Ceremony will be held at Homecoming immediately after the final axes are thrown and the after party will go on into the night.


Join us this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for this celebration of champions from around the world!

homecoming

Homecoming is back at BATL Pickering on Sunday, June 16, 2024. The perfect indoor and outdoor party to accommodate hundreds of your friends and fellow community members to watch the action of the top throwers compete in the Finals of the 2024 Wilson Cup as well as the Under 65, Doubles, and Women's Tournaments.

The Challenger Series team is back again to co-host the Global Showdown after the finals.


Scroll down for the Homecoming schedule at more!

 
axe market

Axe Market is back at Homecoming in 2024. The only way to check out our amazing community vendors is to get a Homecoming ticket.

If you are a vendor interested in participating in Axe Market at Homecoming, email us at info@iatf.com.

 
tickets & Registration

Registration for the Under 55, Big Axe, Under 65, Doubles, and Women's tournaments will begin on Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 PM EST (10:00 PM GMT / Friday, March 22nd, 9:00 AM AED).


Registration for Round 2 of the Wilson Cup and Close But No Cigar will begin after the completion of Round 1 of the Wilson Cup Thursday, March 28th at 6:00 PM EST (10:00 PM GMT / Thursday, 9:00AM AED).


Tickets for Homecoming will go on sale Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 PM EST (10:00 PM GMT / Friday, March 22nd, 9:00 AM AED).

 
Clutch community volunteers

We are seeking volunteers who embody our core values. The passion of our community is the cornerstone of what makes this sport thrive, and we are searching for driven individuals interested in assisting our events to elevate them to new heights. If you want to be a part of taking IATC, the IATF, and axe throwing to the next level, then we want you!


IATC ITINERARY

Please note that all prices are listed in USD. The CAD listing is an approximation based on the conversion rate at the time of posting. The IATF Shopify store will convert to your regional currency.

UNDER 55 Tournament

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

 9:00am - 2:30pm


WHERE: BATL Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: 

$85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


TOURNAMENT SIZE: 40


PRIZE POOL:


$1,000 USD (approx. $1,360 CAD)



  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
  • This tournament is open to anyone whose 12-month Premier average as listed on AxeScores.com is 45 or below (Standard 55 or below) as of March 9, 2024.
  • IATF standard ruleset (“majority-in” bullseyes and “break-paint” clutches.)
  • 9:00 am registration and practice.
  • 10:00 am Tournament start, 2:30 pm approx. finish.
  • Finals will take place on the same day at Port Lands.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $1,000 USD (approx $1,360 CAD)

1st Place - $400 USD (approx. $540 CAD)

2nd Place - $200 USD (approx $270 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $100 USD each (approx. $135 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $50 USD each (approx. $67.50 CAD)

 

Big Axe Tournament

Wednesday June 12, 2024

 9:00am - 1:00pm


WHERE: BATL Stockyards


REGISTRATION FEE: 

$85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


Tournament size: 32


PRIZE POOL:


$800 USD (approx. $1,080 CAD)


  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
    *NOTE: In the group stage, the Big Axe tournament will be best 2 rounds out of 3 match format.
  • This tournament is open to anyone
  • IATF standard ruleset (“majority-in” bullseyes and “break-paint” clutches.)
  • 9:00 am registration and practice.
  • 10:00 am Tournament start, 1:00 pm approx. finish.
  • Finals will take place on the same day at Stockyards.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $800 USD (approx $1,080 CAD)

1st Place - $320 USD (approx. $430 CAD)

2nd Place - $160 USD (approx $215 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $80 USD each (approx. $108 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $40 USD each (approx. $54 CAD)

 

Under 65 Tournament

Wednesday June 12, 2024

 4:00pm - 9:30pm


WHERE: BATL Stockyards & Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: 

$85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


TOURNAMENT SIZE: 80


PRIZE POOL:


$2,000 USD (approx. $2,700 CAD)


  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
  • This tournament is open to anyone who’s 12-month Premier average as listed on AxeScores.com is 55 or below (Standard 65 or below) at the time of registration.
  • IATF Premier ruleset
  • 4:00 pm registration and practice.
  • 5:00 pm Tournament start, 9:30 pm approx. finish.
  • Final game(s) will take place on Sunday, June 16 at Homecoming.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $2,000 USD (approx $2,700 CAD)

1st Place - $720 USD (approx. $970 CAD)

2nd Place - $360 USD (approx $485 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $160 USD each (approx. $215 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $80 USD each (approx. $108 CAD)

9th through 16th Place (tie) - (approx. $54 CAD)

 

Doubles Tournament

Thursday June 13, 2024

9:00am - 2:30pm


WHERE: BATL Stockyards & Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: $125 USD Per Team (approx. $170 CAD)


TOURNAMENT SIZE: 80 teams


PRIZE POOL:


$3,000 USD (approx $4,046 CAD)



  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
  • IATF Standard ruleset (“majority-in” bullseyes and “break-paint” clutches.)
  • 9:00 am registration.
  • 10:00 am Tournament start, 2:30 pm approx. finish.
  • Final game(s) will take place on Sunday, June 16 at Homecoming.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.

PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $3,000 USD (approx $4,046 CAD)

1st Place - $1,080 USD (approx. $1,457 CAD)

2nd Place - $540 USD (approx $728 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $270 USD each (approx. $364 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $90 USD each (approx. $120 CAD)

9th through 16th Place (tie) - $60 USD (approx. $80 CAD)

 

Women's Tournament

Thursday June 13,2024

4:00pm - 9:30pm


WHERE: BATL Stockyards & Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: $85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


TOURNAMENT SIZE: 80


PRIZE POOL:


$2,000 USD (approx $2,700 CAD)


  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
  • IATF Premier ruleset
  • This tournament is open to any thrower who meaningfully identifies as a woman, non-binary person, or other marginalized gender.
  • 4:00 pm registration.
  • 5:00 pm Tournament start, 9:30 pm approx. finish.
  • Final game(s) will take place on Sunday, June 16 at Homecoming.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.

PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $2,000 USD (approx $2,700 CAD)

1st Place - $720 USD (approx. $970 CAD)

2nd Place - $360 USD (approx $485 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $160 USD each (approx. $215 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $80 USD each (approx. $108 CAD)

9th through 16th Place (tie) - (approx. $54 CAD)

 

Close But No Cigar Tournament

Friday June 14, 2024

 9:00am - 2:30pm


WHERE: BATL Stockyards & Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: $85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


TOURNAMENT SIZE: 80


PRIZE POOL:


$2,000 USD (approx $2,700 CAD)


  • Pool Play Format (Group Stage, then single elim.)
  • This tournament is open to anyone that participated in Round 1 but DID NOT make it into Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.
  • IATF Premier ruleset
  • 8:00 am registration and practice.
  • 9:00 am Tournament start, 4:00 pm approx. finish.
  • The Final game will take place on Saturday morning at Port Lands before the start of Round 2 Day 1. The winner of CBNC will enter Round 2 of the Wilson Cup as the 256th seed.
  • Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $2,000 USD (approx $2,700 CAD)

1st Place - $720 USD (approx. $970 CAD)

2nd Place - $360 USD (approx $485 CAD)

3rd and 4th Place (tie) - $160 USD each (approx. $215 CAD)

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $80 USD each (approx. $108 CAD)

9th through 16th Place (tie) - (approx. $54 CAD)

 

Global Showdown Qualifiers

Friday June 14, 2024

3:00pm - 10:00pm


WHERE: BATL Port Lands


REGISTRATION FEE: $85 USD (approx. $115 CAD)


 

  •  Qualifying event for the 2024 Global Showdown at Homecoming.
  •  Players will compete in three separate qualifying events: Underhand, Ambidextrous, and Multi-Rotation (1.5 & 2 Spin) for a chance to represent 4 regions: Canada, USA, Europe, and Australia.
    •  Underhand & Ambidextrous Qualifiers will consist of 15 throws.
    •  Multi-Rotation Qualifiers will consist of 7 1.5 Spin throws and 7 2 Spin Throws
  • The top 4 throwers in each skill from each region will compete in a skills event with the winner securing their spot on their region's team.
    •  Underhand – Vertical Around the World
    •  Ambidextrous – Ambidextrous Into the World
    •  Multi-Rotation – Multi-Rotation Black Jack
  • In addition to those 3 spots, 2 spots will be earned by the top overall male and female throwers.
  •  The final spot on each team will be a random draw among all remaining participants from each region.
  •  The 4 teams of 6 will face off Sunday in the Global Showdown for bragging rights of being the top region in the IATF.
  •  All qualifying throws will be scored under the IATF Premier Ruleset
  •  3:00 pm check-in.
  •  4:00 pm tournament start, 10:00pm approx. finish.
  •  Spectators are free. Spectators will be allowed based on venue capacity.
  •  Global Showdown team finals will take place on Sunday at Homecoming.
  •  All participants will receive an exclusive Global Showdown T-Shirt.
  •  This event is co-hosted by The Challenger Series.

Wilson Cup Round 2 - Day 1

Saturday June 15, 2024

9:00am - 3:00pm


WHERE: BATL Pickering / Port Lands / Stockyards / Vaughan


REGISTRATION FEE: $150 USD (approx. $204 CAD) By Invite Only


DIRECTIONS:

  • Double Elimination Format
  • The 256 top global players that advance to Round 2 will receive an email with instructions on how to pay their registration fee and to claim their spot.
  • Round 2 registration includes a ticket to Homecoming on Sunday, June 16 at Pickering.
  • 9:00am registration and practice.
  • 10:00am Tournament start, 3:00pm approx. finish.
  • Spectators for Day 1 will be free and allowed based on the venue's capacity.

Wilson Cup Round 2 - Day 2 FINALS

Sunday June 16, 2024

9:00am - 3:00pm


WHERE: BATL Pickering


REGISTRATION FEE: See above for Round 2 qualifier registration. Spectators, see below for Homecoming tickets.


PRIZE POOL:


$22,500 USD (approx. $30,000 CAD)


  • Double Elimination Format
  • Final 16 players remaining in the Wilson Cup.
  • 9:00am registration.
  • 10:00am tournament start, 3:00pm approx. finish.
  • Spectators are all welcome but must have purchased a Homecoming ticket to attend.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN

TOTAL PRIZE POOL - $22,500 USD (approx $30,000 CAD)

1st Place - $9,000 USD (approx. $12,175 CAD)

2nd Place - $3,350 USD (approx $4,500 CAD)

3rd Place - $2,250 USD (approx. $3,000)

4th Place - $1,400 USD (approx. $1,875 CAD)

5th and 6th Place (tie) - $550 USD each (approx. $740 CAD)

7th, and 8th Place (tie) - $450 USD each (approx. $600 CAD)

9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Place (tie) - $270 USD each (approx. $360 CAD)

13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Place (tie) - $225 USD each (approx. $300 CAD)

17th through 24th Place (tie) - $180 USD each (approx. $240 CAD)

25th through 32nd (tie) - $135 USD each (approx. $180 CAD)


HOMECOMING

Sunday June 16, 2024

10:00am - late


WHERE: BATL Pickering


TICKETS: $50 USD ($68 CAD)

Homecoming is an all day spectator party held on-site at the Wilson Cup   Finals. Here’s what to look forward to on Sunday:

Official IATF Livestream Schedule


  • 12:00PM - Under 65 Final
  • 12:45PM - Wilson Cup Finals
  • 4:00PM - Women's Final
  • 4:45PM - Doubles Final
  • 5:30PM - Global Versus Showdown

(subject to change)

 

  • Doors will open at 10:00AM.
  • Spectators can start watching the Wilson Cup Finals at 10:00AM live inside
  • Spectators can start watching the Official IATF Livestream inside or outside in one of our viewing tents equipped with large flat-screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the heart pounding action.
  • Last year over 500 spectators attended finals and had a blast. This year’s capacity has been increased to 700 people with the indoor and outdoor space combined.
  • A large outdoor bar serving ice cold cans all day from 10:00AM. The indoor bar will also be open and serving refreshments at 10:00AM.
  • Multiple large tents to provide shade or shelter from the elements.
  • Outdoor games to keep you entertained between matches.
  • No dress code! June in Toronto is typically hot, but can be unpredictable. Check the forecast before you decide your ensemble.
  • Homecoming will be an entirely cashless event.

More details to come!

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The official list of throwers who qualify for Round 1 2024 will be published on Tuesday, March 12. Registration will open the following day on Wednesday, March 13.

Round 1 Schedule

Registration for Round 1 of the Wilson Cup will begin on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 9:00AM EST. Have your AxeScores ID ready as well as the venue at which you plan to throw in order to register.


Round 1 of the Wilson Cup will take place from Friday March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2024.


Round 1 competitions are run by the IATF member locations that hosted leagues throughout the Qualification Period.

Players will usually compete at their usual IATF league location, however, competition at another IATF member is possible (see FAQs below).

Round 1 Competition Format

Round 1 of the Wilson Cup is a competition hosted at IATF member venues around the world. Qualifying players compete against each other in a unique match format consisting of 75 hatchet throws and 15 big axe throws. Round 1 will be scored using the updated Premier rules.


Players are divided into heats of up to 4 players. Each player will start on one of 4 targets. They will begin by throwing 15 axes at one target. Players must throw for Clutch on the 5th, 10th and 15th (final) axe.


Following this set of 15 axes, all players will move one target to the right, with the player on the 4th target moving to the 1st target. They will then continue by throwing another set of 15 axes at this target, again, with the requirement to throw for Clutch on the 5th, 10th and 15th (final) axe.


Following this second set of 15 axes, all players will move one target to the right, with the player on the 4th target moving to the 1st target. They will repeat this process of throwing 15 axes and moving to the right until they have thrown 75 total axes.


Once the 75 hatchet throws are completed, each player will individually throw 15 Big Axes.


All scores will be recorded in AxeScores, however, the throwers and scorekeepers should communicate the total score for each set of 15 axes and the 15 Big Axes to the players to ensure that each set of axes are recorded accurately. It is the responsibility of the throwers to ensure their scores are accurate.

Qualifiers

The IATF and its members hosted over 20,000 rostered players in eligible leagues during the 2023-2024 League Qualification Period. Of these players, almost 2,100 have qualified for Round 1.


Please click the button here to download a PDF of the qualifiers list. The list is arranged alphabetically by last name, then first name.

How to Register

Congratulations to this year's qualifiers! To compete in Round 1 between Friday, March 22, 2024 Sunday, March 24, 2024, you must register via the IATF store. Registration is $42.99 USD and opens Wednesday, March 13.


During registration, please provide your AxeScores ID. This will allow the IATF to correctly identify you as the registrant. Your AxeScores ID can be found on the List of Qualifiers.


Throwers will be asked to declare if they intend to throw out of their Qualifying Club. If you intend to throw Round 1 somewhere else, you will be asked to indicate where so that we may alert the respective venues. All throwers should contact the venue at which they will be throwing for details on when they can throw.


Once you have registered, keep your Shopify receipt handy, you may need to show it when you arrive at Round 1 on March 22nd, 23rd, or 24th. It is the responsibility of the thrower to verify when their venue is hosting Round 1.

Following Round 1

Following Round 1, the players with the top performances from each participating IATF member organization will advance to Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, held in Toronto in June 2024.


Players' Round 1 performances are ranked among their fellow Qualifying Club players by highest total score of the 75 hatchet throws. Ties are broken by the highest total score from the 15 Big Axe throws. Qualifying season averages will be used if the Big Axe scores do not break the tie.


Round 2 will include 256 players. 54 spots are reserved for winners on the Integrated Tournament Circuit (Grand Slams, Majors, Regionals), last year's IATC Champion, and the winner of Close But No Cigar 2024. Each IATF member organization is allocated a portion of the 202 remaining Round 2 spots based on their total league participation during the Qualification Period. Click the button below for an estimate of the 2024 Round 2 spot allocation.


Players' tournament seed in Round 2 is determined by their Round 1 performance. This means the IATC Champion, Tournament Circuit Winners, and Regionals Winners must register and compete in Round 1 to be seeded in Round 2.


Invitations to Round 2 will begin on Thursday, March 28.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm away from my usual league location on March 22-24. Can I still compete?

Yes, you can still compete on March 22-24 at another IATF venue hosting Round 1. Please indicate the venue when you register. If you have already registered or your plans change, please send an email to the IATF (info@iatf.com) and both IATF venues indicating this change.

I'm busy March 22-24, can I compete on another day?

No, Round 1 heats must be completed March 22 to 24. Round 1 is the first round of a tournament. With the addition of the required Clutch every 5th throw, we have increased the flexibility for venues to host Round 1 across multiple days and for throwers to plan their participation to best fit their schedule.

Why is Round 1 hosted over 3 days this year?

Round 1 will operate under the Premier ruleset, including the 2024 amendments that require throwers to go Clutch every 5th throw and includes the 5 point Touch Clutch. These rule changes eliminate any advantage of knowing other players’ scores, so Round 1 will take place over 3 days: March 22, 23, and 24.

Can I purchase a registration on a player's behalf?

Yes, however, you must provide the other player's AxeScores ID. Otherwise the IATF will not be able to correctly identify who the registration is for.

I won a bid to the Wilson Cup at a Major/Grand Slam/Regional Tournament on the Integrated Tournament Circuit this year. Do I still need to compete in Round 1?

Yes. Bids awarded via the tournament circuit (Grand Slams, Majors, Regionals) are for Rounds 1 AND 2 of the Wilson Cup. Throwers who have won these bids must participate in Round 1 in order to advance to Round 2. Their participation is for seeding purposes only and they will advance regardless of their performance.

Two players are tied after considering the 75 hatchet throws and the 15 Big Axe throws. The players’ qualifying season averages will be used to break the tie. But, what if one of these players only played Standard seasons and the other only played Premier seasons?

Based on analysis of players who compete in both Standard and Premier, it has been determined that generally there is a 10 point difference in averages between Premier and Standard. Averages from Standard and Premier seasons will be compared by applying a 10 point addition to the Premier average.

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Dear IATF Community,

I am writing you this letter to provide transparency and clarity into the state of the International Axe Throwing Federation as an organization. I hope that you will take the time to read and reflect on its content. I write this with the intention of giving the community that I love better insight and understanding into the reality of our situation: the IATF needs revenue to be able to cover its own costs of operation.

 

Since 2016, we were able to build the foundations of the IATF by providing our services for free until the end of 2022. We did this intentionally to support our throwers and members through this period of growth. We developed and supported the AxeScores app at no cost to the throwers or venues. We established NATC and then IATC to connect our community while keeping ticket and registration fees low. From the beginning, our guiding principle was to support the thrower and the venue.

 

We develop, maintain, and innovate the AxeScores app in order to support our member organizations in the planning and execution of leagues, tournaments, and other events. IATC has steadily increased to meet the demands of our growing thrower base. The global increase in the price of goods and services requires that we increase registration costs. In the past two years we have demonstrated a trend towards sustainability as we build revenue streams to support the costs of operation, salaries for employees and budgets for tournaments, marketing, merchandise, etc… The IATF costs money to run.

 

Separating financially and structurally from BATL is one of our top priorities. Myself and Chris Collins have, for a long time, juggled responsibilities to both BATL and the IATF. This year we are transitioning out of our leadership roles at BATL to focus fully on the IATF. We want to work with our community members to maximize our resources together. Look out for volunteer opportunities to work with us on projects for the IATF and at IATC.

 

Our first step towards the sustainability of the IATF was to initiate a  monthly membership fee in November 2022. The implementation of these fees for IATF members was immediately invested back into the community:

  • Launching the Integrated Tournament Circuit connecting 35 tournaments worldwide in its first year
  • Developing the Panel of Throwers
  • Upgrading and expanding AxeScores modules to diversify competition styles (such as Doubles Leagues)
  • Establishing more communication through the IATF Community Forum
  • Increasing our Federation visibility online and at our member venues
  • Signing almost 20 new member organizations in the last year.
  • Collecting information and implementing a smooth rule change that reflects the needs of the venues and our throwers.

We are proud of what we’ve accomplished and grateful for the support from all over the Federation over the last 18 months and especially the last 8.  The revenue from fees has been instrumental in our ability to accomplish these things. We are continuing to build momentum post-pandemic and gain interest from potential partners and sponsors. Our small team is very selective about what we focus on so that the IATF can be sustainable long term and thrive.

 

Thriving for the IATF looks like large-scale sponsorships to subsidize host venues and prize money.  Thriving looks like a robust, multi-tiered tournament circuit so everyone has a place where they can compete and grow as a thrower.  Thriving looks like the global footprint of IATF members tripling in the next 2 years.  And thriving looks like the IATF managing how much of our costs come from fees to the throwers and members, versus sponsorships and investments. 

 

The potential of the IATF is utilizing the resources and learnings from our community and our strength is connecting the individual venues to succeed together. I see that in the prosperity of grassroots venues around the world with dedicated league members who come to represent their clubs internationally. I see it in the creativity of community makers who have built brands that bring axe throwers together. I hear it in the passionate voices writing blogs and making podcasts to start discussion on every aspect of this sport that has captured us all so completely. I see it in a future where the IATF is able to continue to secure the  longevity of axe throwing. The best future of the IATF requires all of us to work together to make our Federation the center of our sport for members and throwers.

 

Please continue to use the IATF channels of communication available to guide our focus and join our efforts elevating our sport and our community through:

We read everything you send us. We hear you and it has been essential to ensuring we are moving in the right direction.

 

I appreciate you all. Your passion and dedication for this amazing sport is what inspired the IATF.  I hope you will continue to support our Federation as we look to build on these last many months and grow into something truly special, long lasting and global.

 

Thank you for time and for your support,

 

 

Matt Wilson

 

Commissioner

International Axe Throwing Federation

 

OUR SPORT  ·  OUR COMMUNITY ·  OUR FEDERATION

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UPDATES

Integrated Tournament Circuit Calendar Update

Based on feedback we received via the Panel of Throwers, Community Forum, and monthly Member Calls, we will readjust the Tournament Circuit calendar to be more in line with the League Qualification Period (March to March).

Impact on Upcoming 2024 Tournaments

Majors taking place between Rounds 1 and 2 (Last Ditch, Space City Shootout, Countess Cup, The Seattle Throwdown, and Midwest Major) this year will be a special case:

  • If the winner of the Round 2 bid has thrown in Round 1, they will throw in Round 2 2024.
  • If the winner has NOT thrown in Round 1, their bid will roll forward to Round 2 2025 (they will qualify to throw in Round 1 in 2025). The next eligible thrower who HAS thrown in Round 1, will get a bid to Round 2 2024.

It is possible that some of these Majors will be awarding 2 bids: one to Round 2 2024 and one to Rounds 1 & 2 2025.

This is only for this year as we work out the kinks of the Integrated Tournament Circuit. Any Majors or Grand Slams in 2025 that occur after Round 1 2025, will qualify for Round 2 2026. This brings the Tournament Circuit more in line with the League Qualification Period, which was feedback we received from multiple sources.

Because our initial plan was to have Circuit run from IATC to IATC, members scheduled tournaments and throwers made plans to attend with this understanding so we will honour that commitment for this year. We do not want to exclude these tournaments and the winners from the circuit until 2025.

Tournament Circuit Rounds 1 & 2 Bids Clarification

The bids from the Integrated Tournament Circuit (Grand Slams, Majors, and Regionals) are for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Wilson Cup. Throwers with a bid from the circuit must participate in Round 1 for seeding purposes. They are guaranteed a spot in Round 2 regardless of their performance in Round 1.

These throwers are not included in the league play qualification pool at any qualifying club.

Tournament circuit bids only trickle down if the winner already has a bid. Once the bid is awarded, it is treated the same as the bids awarded through league play qualification.

If a thrower turns down a bid earned from a tournament (Grand Slam, Major, or Regional) that spot will return to the pool of spots available through league play qualification.

UPDATED Grand Slams

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Open

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

UK Open

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Newton Aycliffe, England, UK

Aug 19-20, 2023

APATC

MANIAX Axe Throwing

Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sep 22-23, 2023

The Choptober Challenge

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Oct 26-29, 2023

Golden State Grand Slam

LA AX

North Hollywood, CA, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

US Championship

Ace Axe Throwing

Homestead, PA, USA

Mar 8-10, 2024

UPDATED Majors

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Rules Tiered Swiss

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

Labour Day Classic / Unicorn Classic

The Range

Priddis, AB, CAN

Sep 3-4, 2023

Charlotte Open

BATL Axe Throwing

Charlotte, NC, USA

Sep 9-10, 2023

Florida Man Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Sep 22-24, 2023

Three Ring Circuit

Detroit Axe

Detroit, MI, USA

Oct 13-15, 2023

Pink Ribbon Classic

Axe Thro Co

San Diego, CA, USA

Oct 22, 2023

Urban Ladyblades / Urban Madness

Urban Axes

Durham, NC, USA

Jan 12-14, 2024

Battle Axe Open

Battle Axe Throwing

Wollongong, AUS

Jan 26-27, 2024

Going Up Cup

LumberJaxs Axe Throwing

Tamworth, England, UK

Feb 3-4, 2024

Winter Axe Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

Warrior's March To Glory

Warriors Axe Throwing

Cobourg, ON, CAN

Mar 2-3, 2024

Last Ditch To Canada

Lumber Punks Axe Throwing

Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Apr 12-14, 2024

Space City Shootout

BATL Axe Throwing

Houston, TX, USA

Apr 13-14, 2024

Countess Cup

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Apr 26-28, 2024

Seattle Throwdown

Axe Kickers

Seattle, WA, USA

Apr 27-28, 2024

Email seattlethrowdown

@gmail.com

Midwest Major

Perple Bunny's Axe House

Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

May 17-19, 2024

BATL Royale

BATL Axe Throwing

Vaughan, ON, CAN

May 24-25, 2024


Introduction

This summer, the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) is establishing an annual integrated circuit of tournaments to foster competition among IATF players. Organizing tournaments into a circuit increases the profile of these tournaments, their hosts, their competitors and the IATF.

TL;DR at the end of the document.

Goals

Tournament circuit integration serves a number of key objectives:

  • to promote more competition outside of players’ local leagues.
  • to promote different skills levels of competition.
  • to provide more opportunity for the best players in the world to secure placement at the International Axe Throwing Championship (IATC), including in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Tiers of Circuit Events

Events on the circuit will be categorized into tiers: Majors, Grand Slams and the International Axe Throwing Championship.

Major Events

Majors consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least one additional supporting tournament for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. supporting tournaments may have registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Grand Slam Events

Grand Slams consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least two additional supporting tournaments for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Circuit Integration

Top finishers in circuit tournaments will receive reserved spots in future circuit tournaments or at the IATC.

Major Tournament Circuit Integration

The winners from each Major tournament will be reserved a spot in a corresponding tournament held at the IATC.

  • Winning a Major’s marquee tournament will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Major’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 or Under 55 tournament).
  • The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers from a Major’s marquee tournament will be reserved a spot in a later Grand Slam’s marquee tournament.

Grand Slam Tournament Circuit Integration

The top finishers from each Grand Slam tournament will be reserved spots in a corresponding tournament hosted at the IATC.

  • Finishing in the top 4 at a Grand Slam’s marquee tournament will reserve these players a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Grand Slam’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 tournament).

Supporting Tournaments and Reserved Spots at the IATC

As stated, the winners of supporting tournaments at both Majors and Grand Slams will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at IATC. Since the types of supporting tournaments is not 1:1 with the types of tournaments at IATC, this will mean each of these tournaments will be assessed to determine the best fit for which IATC tournament to reserve a spot. This assessment will be conducted by the IATF and coordinated with the hosts.

The 2023-2024 IATF Tournament Circuit

The schedule of IATF Tournament Circuit events is as follows:

Grand Slams

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Open

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

UK Open

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Newton Aycliffe, England, UK

Aug 19-20, 2023

APATC

MANIAX Axe Throwing

Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sep 22-23, 2023

The Choptober Challenge

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Oct 26-29, 2023

Golden State Grand Slam

LA AX

North Hollywood, CA, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

US Championship

Ace Axe Throwing

Homestead, PA, USA

TBD 2024

The top 4 finishers from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Majors

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Rules Tiered Swiss**

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

Labour Day Classic / Unicorn Classic*

The Range

Priddis, AB, CAN

Sep 3-4, 2023

Charlotte Open

BATL Axe Throwing

Charlotte, NC, USA

Sep 9-10, 2023

Florida Man Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Sep 2023

Going Up Cup

LumberJaxs Axe Throwing

Tamworth, England, UK

Sep 2023

Pink Ribbon Classic

Axe Thro Co

San Diego, CA, USA

Oct 2023

Winter Axe Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Feb 2024

TBD

Warriors Axe Throwing

Cobourg, ON, CAN

Mar 2024

Urban Open Ladyblades / Urban Madness*

Urban Axes

Durham, NC, USA

Mar 2024

Space City Shootout

BATL Axe Throwing

Houston, TX, USA

April 2024

Countess Cup

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Apr 2024

BATL Royale

BATL Axe Throwing

Vaughan, ON, CAN

May 2024

Midwest Major

Perple Bunny's Axe House

Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

May 2024

The winner from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

* These Majors include two marquee tournaments that will each reserve the winner a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

** The top tier of this Swiss tournament is categorized as a Major marquee tournament, so the winner reserves a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Regionals

Each IATF Region will host a Regional Tournament in January 2024. As in 2023, the winners of each of these tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at the 2024 IATC.

Additions to the Circuit

As the Circuit develops, the IATF may include additional Majors or Grand Slams. New events will be added to the Circuit to allow for more complete geographical access and for more even pacing throughout the calendar year.

Interaction with the Wilson Cup

Reserved Spots

The Wilson Cup tournament has always been a balance between encouraging the highest level of competition and inclusion of players from all IATF member organizations. Reserving spots for winners of Majors and top finishers of Grand Slams means more top-level competitors will be in the Wilson Cup Round 2 bracket. It also means there are fewer spots available to distribute among the IATF members organizations’ players advancing from Round 1. With a field of 256 players, and potentially 40-50 spots reserved for players advancing from tournaments, there will still be ample room to ensure players from all IATF member organizations are still included.

Qualification

Players earning a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup tournament will be removed from consideration for qualification via league play. This means, when determining qualification via the Premier season Top 8 Rule and the Standard season Top 4 Rule, these players will not be part of the determination. More specifically, if one of these players would have been in the Top 8 of a Premier season, then the 9th place finisher will move into the 8th qualifying position. Similarly for Standard seasons, the 5th place finisher will move into the 4th qualifying position. This process is consistent with how winners of the Regional Tournaments and the previous IATC champion are removed from qualification via league play.

Round 1

IATF Tournament Circuit competitors who earn a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at IATC will be seeded by their results in Round 1. These competitors will not be part of the determination of IATF member organizations’ players advancing from Round 1 to Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. This means only players who have not already earned a spot in Round 2 are considered when determining member representation following Round 1.

Players Awarded A Second Reserved Spot

Players can only occupy one reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

If a player finishes in a position that would earn a second reserved spot, then the spot will be reserved for the next best finisher in the tournament. i.e. if it is a Major, the 2nd place finisher, if it is a Grand Slam, the 5th place finisher (with the 5th/6th place tie broken by the most number of rounds won in their last match, if still tied, consider the previous match, etc).

Tournament Rating System

Coming later this summer, to accompany the tournament circuit, we will be launching a tournament rating system to accompany the Collins Rating System (CRS) and provide a 12 month rolling rating based on tournament performance alone.

 
We believe this will be an excellent complement to the existing Collins Rating System, which features daily match-by-match rating adjustments, whereas the tournament rating leaderboards will be more stable, updating only when Tournament Circuit events occur.

More information on this coming this summer.

The top 4 finishers from Grand Slams will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. The winner of Majors will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

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The International Axe Throwing Federation announces the following rule amendments effective March 9, 2024, the start of the new league qualification season. These amendments are warranted, straightforward, and supported by the survey and test play results (further explained below).

Rule Changes In Standard and Premier:

  1. Big Axe Clutch attempts will be limited to 3 consecutive missed attempts.  After which, players must go back to throwing for bullseyes in order to unlock Clutch throwing again.

    1. A successful attempt is a Clutch or a Touch Clutch.

    2. Only 3 consecutive missed attempts prompt this. If both players miss two big axe Clutch attempts, then both players hit on their third throw, and then they miss again on the fourth throw, the fourth throw counts as the 1st consecutive missed attempt.

    3. A player may return to throwing for the bullseye before 3 consecutive missed Clutch attempts. However, this locks the Clutch and the player must throw a bullseye to unlock Clutch throwing again.For example: Both players throw a bullseye and unlock a Clutch. Both players make two missed Clutch attempts and both agree to return to the target for points. They must bull-in again to unlock Clutch throwing again.

Rule Changes In Premier Only:

  1. Touch Clutch will be awarded 5 points for both hatchet and Big Axe.

    1. A touch Clutch means any part of the blade touching any part of the Clutch inside the green circle’s circumference.

      1. This is equivalent to a Clutch under Standard rules.

Rule Changes In Wilson Cup Round 1:

  1. Clutch attempts will be required on every 5th throw for the 75 hatchet throws.

    1. Round 1 uses Premier Rules, including the new touch Clutch score of 5 points.

Qualification Changes for Wilson Cup Round 1:

  1. The 70+ Average path to Round 1 qualification will be amended to remove the criteria for non-concurrency. 

    1. Feedback suggests the criteria that the three 70+ average seasons be non-overlapping adds unnecessary confusion. Recording three seasons with a 70+ average at one IATF member organization demonstrates a level of skill that warrants qualification for Round 1.

The roll out of these changes have been scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the new league qualification period.

Any league that begins before March 9, 2024 (under the old ruleset) will conclude under the same ruleset. Leagues will not change rulesets midseason.

All subsequent tournaments, including IATC 2024, will be played under the new ruleset starting with the US Championship hosted by Ace Axe on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Original Survey Objectives

  • To understand if we need to address a near-bullseye and a clean-three being equal.

    • Survey does not indicate this is a priority.

  • Solve the problem of a touch-Clutch (unsuccessful Premier) and a total miss, or dropped axe, being equal in Premier rules.

    • Survey indicates addressing this is a priority.

  • Do we need to unify the ruleset to allow for larger league communities to exist?

    • Survey does not indicate this is a priority.

    • Survey indicates this would actually be detrimental.

  • Recognize that different skill levels exist, how are we addressing that if we unify the ruleset?

    • Survey suggests maintaining separate rulesets is servicing the needs of different skill levels.

    • Maintaining separate rulesets also supports tournament circuit skill differentiation.

Summary of Observations from iATF Rules Survey 2023 results

Standard Leagues

Players in Standard leagues want to continue playing in a less competitive environment. They are not interested in the Premier ruleset and are adverse to a highly-competitive environment. The intensity of Premier leagues is not fun for these players. A high percentage indicated they would quit throwing axes if the only option was to play in leagues that feature more competitive rules (i.e. Premier bullseyes).

Big Axe

Big Axe is very well-liked by players and spectators. Most do not believe tie breakers take too long, but do believe that Big Axe Clutch attempts should be limited to prevent Big Axe Clutch attempts from dragging on.

Premier Rules

Premier rules are well-liked as they are now. There is broad support for points awarded for a touch-Clutch.

Unifying Rules

The survey supports the continuance of both Standard and Premier rules. While there is some support for a unified ruleset, newer and less skilled players have indicated they are at high risk of discontinuing play if Standard rules are not offered. The IATF views growing and retaining a base of new players as a key priority. Standard throwers make up about 70% of the active community.

Target Dimensions

Players like the target dimensions how they are.  They see no need for adjusting the dimensions of any of the current rings or Clutch sizes.

Number of Axes in a Match

This was the most polarized topic on the survey. Players were asked whether they should be limited to using one hatchet and one Big Axe during a match. Opinions were divided and strong. Newer and less experienced players tended to view this limit more negatively.  Regardless, we don’t view this as an urgent issue to address and individual tournament hosts are welcome to add this stipulation to their specific tournaments if they choose.

Play Test Results for Touch Clutch

Based on the clear support in the survey results for the addition of a touch Clutch, we conducted two play testing days to explore the options of the 3 and 5 point touch Clutch options. The play testing was conducted by two groups: one a mix of medium-high level throwers and the other all high level throwers. The conclusion of both play testing groups was unanimous: the touch Clutch should be worth 5 points because it leaves more choice and excitement for throwers and spectators and it provides more opportunities for big axe tie breakers.

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We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the following hotels to offer discounted rooms for the week of IATC. 

175 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON

www.torontodonvalleyhotel.com

For 10% off best available rate, book with code: SMERF
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Toronto Don Valley Inn & Suites is a 3-star hotel in North York that is an easy driving distance to all 4 host BATL locations. Their amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness facility, pet friendly options, and onsite parking.

Driving distances
  • 8.5 miles (13.7kms) to Port Lands
  • 19.3 miles (31.1kms) to Pickering
  • 17.9 miles (28.8kms) to Stockyards
  • 16.8 miles (27kms) to Vaughn
Transit options
  • Catch the 100A Flemingdon Park to Broadview Station bus on Wynford Drive. This bus takes you 30 stops (approx. 26 minutes) to Broadview station. From there, you can get on the subway east or west to your destination.
  • Walk south to Eglinton Avenue and catch the 34 Eglinton East to Eglinton Station. This bus takes you 18 stops (approx. 25 minutes) to Eglinton station. From there, you can get on the subway north or south to your destination.
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Residence and Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown

*Online booking is limited, please email info@iatf.com with your rooms and dates to check availability.

80 Cooperage St, Toronto, ON

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For 20% off best available rate, book with code: IATC2024
Please note that this code is only valid from June 11th to 18th, 2024. Any nights booked outside these dates will be at the regular rate.

The Residence and Conference Centre is the George Brown downtown residences converted into a 3-star hotel in the summer months. It is an easy walk to BATL Port Lands.. This is a great option if you want to travel with friends as many rooms include two bedrooms and a kitchenette.

Driving distances
  • 1.3 miles (2.1kms) to Port Lands (walking distance!)
  • 26 miles (41.8kms) to Pickering
  • 8.8 miles (14.2kms) to Stockyards
  • 20.6 miles (33.2kms) to Vaughn
Transit options
  • Walk south to Cherry St and Mill St and catch the 121D Esplanade-River to Union Station for 10 stops (approx. 16 minutes) to Union station. From there you can get on the TTC or GO transit.
  • Walk north to King St and catch the 504B King St to Broadview Station for 11 stops (approx. 13 minutes) to Broadview station. From there you can get on the subway east or west to your destination.
  • Walk west along Front St for 1.6 miles (2.6kms), approximately 30 minutes to Union station. From there you can get on the TTC or GO transit.
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Introduction

This summer, the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) is establishing an annual integrated circuit of tournaments to foster competition among IATF players. Organizing tournaments into a circuit increases the profile of these tournaments, their hosts, their competitors and the IATF.

TL;DR at the end of the document.

Goals

Tournament circuit integration serves a number of key objectives:

  • to promote more competition outside of players’ local leagues.
  • to promote different skills levels of competition.
  • to provide more opportunity for the best players in the world to secure placement at the International Axe Throwing Championship (IATC), including in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Tiers of Circuit Events

Events on the circuit will be categorized into tiers: Majors, Grand Slams and the International Axe Throwing Championship.

Major Events

Majors consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least one additional supporting tournament for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. supporting tournaments may have registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Grand Slam Events

Grand Slams consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least two additional supporting tournaments for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Circuit Integration

Top finishers in circuit tournaments will receive reserved spots in future circuit tournaments or at the IATC.

Major Tournament Circuit Integration

The winners from each Major tournament will be reserved a spot in a corresponding tournament held at the IATC.

  • Winning a Major’s marquee tournament will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Major’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 or Under 55 tournament).
  • The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers from a Major’s marquee tournament will be reserved a spot in a later Grand Slam’s marquee tournament.

Grand Slam Tournament Circuit Integration

The top finishers from each Grand Slam tournament will be reserved spots in a corresponding tournament hosted at the IATC.

  • Finishing in the top 4 at a Grand Slam’s marquee tournament will reserve these players a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Grand Slam’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 tournament).

Supporting Tournaments and Reserved Spots at the IATC

As stated, the winners of supporting tournaments at both Majors and Grand Slams will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at IATC. Since the types of supporting tournaments is not 1:1 with the types of tournaments at IATC, this will mean each of these tournaments will be assessed to determine the best fit for which IATC tournament to reserve a spot. This assessment will be conducted by the IATF and coordinated with the hosts.

The 2023-2024 IATF Tournament Circuit

The schedule of IATF Tournament Circuit events is as follows:

Grand Slams

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Open

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

UK Open

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Newton Aycliffe, England, UK

Aug 19-20, 2023

APATC

MANIAX Axe Throwing

Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sep 22-23, 2023

The Choptober Challenge

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Oct 26-29, 2023

Golden State Grand Slam

LA AX

North Hollywood, CA, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

US Championship

Ace Axe Throwing

Homestead, PA, USA

TBD 2024

The top 4 finishers from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Majors

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Rules Tiered Swiss**

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

Labour Day Classic / Unicorn Classic*

The Range

Priddis, AB, CAN

Sep 3-4, 2023

Charlotte Open

BATL Axe Throwing

Charlotte, NC, USA

Sep 9-10, 2023

Florida Man Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Sep 2023

Going Up Cup

LumberJaxs Axe Throwing

Tamworth, England, UK

Sep 2023

Pink Ribbon Classic

Axe Thro Co

San Diego, CA, USA

Oct 2023

Winter Axe Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Feb 2024

TBD

Warriors Axe Throwing

Cobourg, ON, CAN

Mar 2024

Urban Open Ladyblades / Urban Madness*

Urban Axes

Durham, NC, USA

Mar 2024

Space City Shootout

BATL Axe Throwing

Houston, TX, USA

April 2024

Countess Cup

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Apr 2024

BATL Royale

BATL Axe Throwing

Vaughan, ON, CAN

May 2024

Midwest Major

Perple Bunny's Axe House

Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

May 2024

The winner from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

* These Majors include two marquee tournaments that will each reserve the winner a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

** The top tier of this Swiss tournament is categorized as a Major marquee tournament, so the winner reserves a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Regionals

Each IATF Region will host a Regional Tournament in January 2024. As in 2023, the winners of each of these tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at the 2024 IATC.

Additions to the Circuit

As the Circuit develops, the IATF may include additional Majors or Grand Slams. New events will be added to the Circuit to allow for more complete geographical access and for more even pacing throughout the calendar year.

Interaction with the Wilson Cup

Reserved Spots

The Wilson Cup tournament has always been a balance between encouraging the highest level of competition and inclusion of players from all IATF member organizations. Reserving spots for winners of Majors and top finishers of Grand Slams means more top-level competitors will be in the Wilson Cup Round 2 bracket. It also means there are fewer spots available to distribute among the IATF members organizations’ players advancing from Round 1. With a field of 256 players, and potentially 40-50 spots reserved for players advancing from tournaments, there will still be ample room to ensure players from all IATF member organizations are still included.

Qualification

Players earning a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup tournament will be removed from consideration for qualification via league play. This means, when determining qualification via the Premier season Top 8 Rule and the Standard season Top 4 Rule, these players will not be part of the determination. More specifically, if one of these players would have been in the Top 8 of a Premier season, then the 9th place finisher will move into the 8th qualifying position. Similarly for Standard seasons, the 5th place finisher will move into the 4th qualifying position. This process is consistent with how winners of the Regional Tournaments and the previous IATC champion are removed from qualification via league play.

Round 1

IATF Tournament Circuit competitors who earn a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at IATC will be seeded by their results in Round 1. These competitors will not be part of the determination of IATF member organizations’ players advancing from Round 1 to Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. This means only players who have not already earned a spot in Round 2 are considered when determining member representation following Round 1.

Players Awarded A Second Reserved Spot

Players can only occupy one reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

If a player finishes in a position that would earn a second reserved spot, then the spot will be reserved for the next best finisher in the tournament. i.e. if it is a Major, the 2nd place finisher, if it is a Grand Slam, the 5th place finisher (with the 5th/6th place tie broken by the most number of rounds won in their last match, if still tied, consider the previous match, etc).

Tournament Rating System

Coming later this summer, to accompany the tournament circuit, we will be launching a tournament rating system to accompany the Collins Rating System (CRS) and provide a 12 month rolling rating based on tournament performance alone.

 
We believe this will be an excellent complement to the existing Collins Rating System, which features daily match-by-match rating adjustments, whereas the tournament rating leaderboards will be more stable, updating only when Tournament Circuit events occur.

More information on this coming this summer.

The top 4 finishers from Grand Slams will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. The winner of Majors will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

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