With the IATC 2023 Qualification Period completed, the IATF is excited to announce the list of qualifiers eligible to compete in Round 1 of the 2023 Wilson Cup!
Round 1 Schedule
Round 1 of the Wilson Cup will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2023, starting at 9:00am.
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. Premier rules are used to score Round 1.
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 have the option to call 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 option to call 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, 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.
The IATF and its members hosted over 20,000 rostered players in eligible leagues during the IATC 2023 Qualification Period. Of these players, almost 1,900 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 if you are one of this year's qualifiers! To compete on Sunday, March 26, 2023, you must register via the IATF store (link below). Registration is $30 USD.
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.
Once you have registered, keep your Shopify receipt handy, you may need to show it when you arrive at Round 1 on March 26.
Following Round 1
Following Round 1, the players with the top performances from each participating IATF member organization will advance to Round 2, held in Toronto in June 2023.
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.
Round 2 will include 256 players. 10 spots are reserved for last year's IATC Champion and the 9 winners of the 2023 IATF Regionals. Each IATF member organization is allocated a portion of the 246 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. This means the IATC Champion and Regionals Winners must register and compete in Round 1 to be seeded in Round 2.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I'm away from my usual league location on March 26. Can I still compete?
Answer: Yes, you can still compete on March 26 at another IATF venue hosting Round 1. To arrange this, please send an email to the IATF (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the IATF venue letting them know of your intention to compete at their venue.
Question: I'm busy on March 26, can I compete on another day.
Answer: Round 1 is the first round of a tournament. To respect the level playing field and the competitive spirit of the tournament, all competition will take place on March 26 only.
Question: Can I purchase a registration on a player's behalf?
Answer: Yes, however, in this case, it is very important to provide the player's AxeScores ID. Otherwise the IATF will not be able to correctly identify who the registration is for.
Question: Why are last year's IATC Champion and the 2023 IATF Regionals Winners on the list of qualifiers?
Answer: The IATC Champion has always held a reserved spot in the next IATC Round 2 to defend their title. This year, the 9 Regional Winners were rewarded with a reserved spot in Round 2. These 10 players will advance into Round 2, however, their tournament seed will be determined by their Round 1 performance.