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 obin 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.
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. Our location is easy to get to by all these options.
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. 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 not. 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.