IATF RULES & GUIDELINES
The International Axe Throwing Federation was established in 2016 to service the sport of axe throwing globally with the vision of creating a standardized rule system to enable broad and accessible competition amongst players.
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RULES & GUIDELINES
CHAMPIONS POINTS SYSTEMS
5.1 Champions Points System
THE ROAD TO THE INTERNATIONAL AXE THROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
IATF MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATION
7.1 IATF Member Representation
(1.1) Pre-Match Rules
1. Handling Your Axe
- The blade must be covered or sheathed while carrying an axe, regardless if that axe is in a bag, holster or outside of the thrower’s hands;
- Sound isolating devices are not permitted while throwing axes unless specifically required due to a medical condition;
- e.g. including, but not limited to, headphones and earplugs.
2. Lane choice (Rock-Paper-Scissors)
- Players may use Rock-Paper-Scissors (or another randomizing method) to choose their starting lane if there is any disagreement:
- Winner = best 2 of 3 rock paper scissors;
- Players may ‘opt out’ of Rock-Paper-Scissors effectively giving the lane choice to the other player.
- As noted, players may choose another random, time effective method of choosing a lane (eg: a coin flip)
- Players get 3 practice throws before their first match of the session;
- No practice throws are allowed once a player has completed their first match.
3. Signalling Match Start
- After warm up throws are complete but before a match officially begins, players may perform a courtesy clinking of axe heads, side against side;
- If this does not happen, there is no penalty: It is strictly a courtesy and sign of sportsmanship that harkens back to the beginning of the sport.
4. Changing Target Wood
- League runners may change a target’s face boards at any point in between matches or otherwise deemed necessary.
- Any player may request a change of a target’s face boards but that request should be made before the match begins, before players determine their starting target choice
- Board changes must be approved by the League Runner or a match official and may be denied if the board is considered ‘fine’ to throw on by either of those people.
- If a player has completed their warm up throws then requests a board change, those boards may only be changed if the request is approved by the League Runner or Match Official, and not once the match has officially begun.
- If a large piece of wood falls from the target during match play, creating a void or large gap on the target, it is acceptable for the League Runner or match official to add screws to reattach this piece and repair the target;
- Similarly, if the corner of a board pulls away from the backboard during match play, screws may be added during the match to re-attach that board to the backboard by a League Runner or match official;
- Keep in mind: Only a League Runner or Match Official may decide mid-match to change a faulty board (ie: when axes aren’t sticking, there are too many knots, the board is too dense, etc.) If that decision is made;
- It can only be made at the discretion of the League Runner or Match Official and cannot be simply at the request of either thrower.
- Can only occur once both players have thrown an equal amount of times on the board in question. (Eg. after round 2 when both players have each thrown 5 axes on the board in question, before continuing to round 3)
5. Target Interference
- No spectator or thrower, whether involved in a match or observing, may interfere with any in-play target, be that striking the target, chopping at Clutches, adding screws to said targets, etc., outside of their official counted throws.
1.1 A player may use the back of their axe to hammer loose target wood back into place in between throws.
- Should a target require maintenance or any outside manipulation, the throwers will request the League Runner and/or Match Official to make any necessary adjustments. This could include replacing boards, hacking out knots, screwing in a split piece of board, repainting an errant target line, etc.
- This does NOT include wetting or watering the boards, which can be done at any point during the match by either thrower involved in the match or any third party.
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