Make Axe Throwing Toronto Your Fall Sport
Summer can be a double-edged sword for many people; the long evenings and warm weather make you feel free to do whatever you want. From weekends at Woodbine Beach to glorious evenings taking advantage of patio season, summer just feels like a great time to be alive. But it can also be a season when you let good habits slide and bad habits creep in. You let your exercise routine slip and, of course, enjoying patio season means drinking a bit more.
But with the return of fall, the crisp coolness on the wind, and hints of red and yellow painting the leaves, a lot of people start feeling like it’s time to do something new. Joining a sports league is a popular idea for anyone who wants to meet new people and practice a skill, and people are flocking to axe throwing leagues in Toronto like never before.
How did axe throwing become Toronto’s new favorite alternative sport in only a couple of years? It all starts with BATL, also known as the Backyard Axe Throwing League, a league started up in 2006 after a summer camping trip spent throwing axes in a shed while the weekend was rained out. Originally played out in Toronto backyards, Matt Wilson was the first to take the sport into a warehouse where they could both play league games and rent the space out to private parties, using seasoned league players as instructors. In no time, the sport caught the attention of people planning birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, office get-togethers, and corporate team building events.
Fans started joining the league nights as a way to sharpen their skills at axe throwing; like darts, it’s a sport that requires practice, aims, and follow-through. Veterans of the game are capable of some incredible trick shots, such as two-handed throwing and wielding the monstrous long axe, which gets brought out at BATL to break the games. It’s not recommended that you try these stunts your first day on the pitch, but there are more and more leagues appearing, along with inter-league competitions, and there are more opportunities than ever to practice your throw.
Over the past few years, some psychologists have been saying that the traditional New Years’ resolution is one of the worst ways to start on the path to self-improvement, and have started to suggest that people resolve to change in the fall. Changing your habits and routines with a change in the season is a more organic way to go about these changes. Plus, if you decide to join an axe throwing league in Toronto this fall, you’re not just putting yourself in a position where you’re going to meet tons of new people and work on your discipline, you’re also going to have a blast. Axe throwing sharpens your skills, puts you in a competitive mood, and it’s a ton of fun. Find your local axe throwing venue and start learning the lumberjack’s sport today.