Frequently Asked Questions
What is Indoor Competitive Axe Throwing? Axe throwing as an indoor competitive sport has taken off in Canada over the past decade. Similar to darts, axe throwing is an individual sport played with and against other members of a group. Individuals throw 1.5 lb. hatchets at wooden targets marked with a bullseye and score points based on where on the board they stick the axe.
How does it work? Group events at Urban Axes last 2.5 hours and must be booked in advance. All events start with safety instructions and 1-on-1 throwing practice, led by our fully trained coaches in a private throwing area. Once you’ve sharpened your skills, we’ll kick off a round robin tournament followed by final knockout round to award an axe-throwing champion. Our coaches will take care of all scoring and smooth flow of the tournament so you can relax and enjoy the sport. At the end of every round robin tournament, one member of the group is the winner. Tournaments are ideally played with 12 or more people although we can accommodate groups of 6.
Is it safe? Safety is our number one priority. The format we use and the construction of the throwing lanes are all focused around the safety of the participants. Each competitor throws in his/her own individual lane and competes side-by-side with another competitor. For each pair of throwing competitors, we have an event coordinator/throwing coach who is responsible for keeping score as well as ensuring safety protocols are adhered to and all tournaments are fully supervised. Only the two active competitors throwing at that time are allowed within the throwing area, all other competitors are required to wait in the safety zone behind the lanes.
Do I need to book or can I just come in? You definitely need to book ahead for group events. These are very popular particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. We do offer walk-in throwing sessions during the week. Please check our schedule for availability. We are available for group bookings 6 days a week currently and also offer corporate packages.
What if more people want to come after I already booked my reservation? The group size range that you booked tells us how many throwing lanes and coaches your group needs. As long as your number of participants stays within your group range, you’re good to go.
What if I think I may go over my group booking size? If everyone you were planning on plus your friend, your neighbor and your friend’s neighbor all want to join in (and who wouldn’t?) and you think you’re going to go over the range you booked, call (267-585-AXES) or email us ASAP and we can check availability to increase your reservation size. Please give us as much notice as possible though because we tend to sell out quickly and once that happens, you simply have to tell your friend’s neighbor no and cap your reservation.
What if my estimate is in between two group sizes? Which size should I book? We always recommend booking the bigger size. It does require a slightly larger deposit (always fully refundable until 1 week before your event), but it is much easier for us to decrease the booking size as you get closer to the date than it is to increase it as things start to fill up. Some days sell out early and then we have no option to increase your size and you’ll have to cap your group at less than you may have wanted to bring. If you end up booking a 13-24 person group and your headcount falls to 12 or less people, please give us at least 48 hours notice so we can adjust your booking and so you are not obligated to pay for 13 people since we will have staffed and allocated lanes according to that group size.
I went to book on the site, but it says “This must be booked 2 days in advance.” Do I have any options to come in at this point? Help! Why hello there, you procrastinator you. Although it frequently isn’t an option, and we always recommend booking much further in advance, sometimes we do have the availability to get you in at less than 48-hours-notice. The only way to do this is to contact us by phone (267-585-AXES) or by email. We can check and see if there is anything we can do for you.
Can I really throw an axe? Really?? You sure can! It has nothing to do with size or strength. And once you land your first bullseye, you’ll be hooked!
Will someone teach me how to do this? Of course! Our trained coaches will be with you the whole time, supervising every tournament and overseeing every session beginning with safety rules and 1-on-1 throwing lessons.
Am I allowed to bring alcohol? Yes. Beer or wine are permitted but we will ask you to use plastic cups for anything you bring in glass bottles. No hard liquor is allowed. We have refrigerators to keep your cold ones cold.
Do you have any food or drinks for sale? Can we bring our own? We do not currently offer any food or drinks beyond water. You are more than welcome to bring your own (or have it delivered!) Please be sure to bring any plates/napkins/utensils you will need as well. No hard liquor is permitted.
What if I don’t have a group, how can I participate? Join one of our leagues! You don’t need a group to join the league. We will also periodically offer walk-in sessions for individuals wanting to throw an axe.
Is there an age limit? Yes, we are currently limited to 21 and over. In the future, we are looking into events for 18 and over.
What do I wear? The only real requirement is for closed-toe shoes though it is helpful to have a shirt that allows you full range of motion for your arms. Other than that, it is pretty much up to you. If you want to wear a ball gown or your favorite track suit, do it up!
Is there parking? There is limited street parking available in the area so please consider ride sharing or other options such as taxis, Septa (the York-Dauphin stop on the El is less than a 5-minute walk away), Uber, Lyft, etc.
How do I pay? We only accept credit and debit card payments both online and at our facility at this time. Cash payment is not available, nor do we accept checks. Guests can pay the balances they owe individually onsite at the time of event.
Do I need experience to join a league? No experience is required!
Do you allow spectators? Unfortunately, no. Why spectate when you can participate!
Can we take pictures & videos? Definitely, you will want to remember your first bullseye. We’d also love for you to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Tweet us!
What about accessibility? We may be in an old warehouse but we have made sure the facility is fully ADA compliant with regards to access ramps, bathrooms and throwing facilities. Axe throwing is readily available for a wide range of people with different abilities.