To qualify for the International Axe Throwing Championships players must qualify via six possible routes for IATC Round 1 to advance to the Final Round.

1.Being the previous year’s IATC Champion

2.Winning a Regional Tournament

3. Earning a spot in the top 8 Champion Points of a Premier Rules axe throwing league (The Top 8 Rule)

4. Having an average of 70 or better in three non-concurrent axe throwing league seasons (The 70 Rule)

5. Earning a spot in the top 4 Champion Points of a Standard Rules axe throwing league (The Top 4 Rule)

6. Winning a Wild Card Tournament

1. Regional Tournaments

Regional tournaments are a double elimination tournament within a single regional division where the winner will automatically qualify for Round 1 of the IATC.

2. Top 8 Rule

1. Champions Points are awarded at the end of every regulation axe throwing league season and totaled at the end of the calendar year. The top 8 Champions points earners in each Premier Rules league qualify for Round 1 of the IATC.

2. These top players, ranked by Champion Points earned in a league, qualify to represent that league. Players that have already qualified by winning a Regional tournament are removed from consideration, meaning a league’s top 8 may adjust, with the fifth player moving into the top 8 if a regional winner is removed.

**Home league consideration and Champions Points moves were elements we applied prior to the COVID affected 2020-2021 season. These considerations are currently not factors for this qualification period due to all individual seasons allowing their top Champions Points leaders qualification into Round 1.

3. The 70 Rule

1. This route to IATC contention is intended to ensure that skilled players in competitive leagues are given an opportunity to qualify. To qualify under the 70 Rule, an axe thrower must not have already qualified via a Regional Tournament. To qualify, a player must throw an average of 70 or better in three seasons during the IATC qualifying year. The three seasons do not have to be back-to-back, nor do they have to be in the same league night or ruleset (please note; only Standard and Premier rulesets are considered); but they have to occur within one organization and they must be in three separate time frames over the course of that calendar year.

4. Top 4 Rule

1. Champions Points are awarded at the end of every regulation axe throwing league season and totaled at the end of the calendar year. The top 4 Champions Points earners in each Standard league qualify for Round 1 of the IATC.

2. These top players, ranked by Champion Points earned in a league, qualify to represent that league. Players that have already qualified by winning a Regional tournament are removed from consideration, meaning a league’s top 4 may adjust, with the fifth player moving into the top 4 if a regional winner is removed.

**Home league consideration and Champions Points moves were elements we applied prior to the COVID affected 2020-2021 season. These considerations are currently not factors for this qualification period due to all individual seasons allowing their top Champions Points leaders qualification into Round 1.

5. Wildcard Tournament

1. The winners of the Wildcard Tournament qualify for IATC Round 1. Only players that haven’t yet qualified (by the previous means outlined above) are eligible to compete. *See Wild Card Tournament.