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2021 WATC Qualifying Throws

World Axe Throwing Championship (WATC) Qualifying Throws will be running from September 12th to October 3rd.

Qualifying Throws will be running for all three disciplines: Standard Hatchet, Big Axe and Duals.

It is highly recommended that all players that do not already have a secured WATC bids participate in Qualifying Throws.

In the following blog there is information regarding:

  • Paths To WATC
  • Qualifying Throws
  • Differences Between Open and Closed Qualifiers
  • Further Considerations

Paths To WATC

Standard Hatchet

Duals + Big Axe

Qualifying Throws Rules

  • Throwers will be allowed only one attempt and score submission per discipline. Scores will be submitted via the WATL web-app by a certified WATL judge unless otherwise approved by the WATL
    • Self-scoring is not permitted, for any reason
  • Venues must have at least one WATL Certified Judge on-premise to judge throws and collect scores.
  • Throws must be scored using official WATL targets. No exceptions.
  • All throws must be recorded on video (this is the responsibility of the thrower, venues are encouraged to help facilitate this). Videos must conform to the stated format:
    • During each throw, the thrower, fault line, and target must be visible.
    • Players must stay behind the fault line and wait for their score to be called before crossing.
    • Certified Judges MUST speak in a loud, clear, and concise voice, indicating the score of that throw.
    • Refer to this video for correct camera placement.
      • Sept. 10th Update: It will be required in your submitted video to show the App being opened at the beginning of your QT attempt. At the end of QT attempt, your video must show the scores being posted to the leaderboard.
      • Submitting multiple scores, or purposefully altering scores will result in disqualification from closed or open qualifiers.
    • Videos will be uploaded via YouTube or Google Drive link and submitted directly to [email protected] no later than October 4th. Any videos submitted after the deadline will be disqualified from consideration for closed or open qualifiers.

All Videos MUST show the Opening and Closing of the Qualifying Throws

Qualifying Throws

  • Standard Axe: 50 Throws + 10 Overtime Kill Shots
  • Big Axe: 25 Throws + 5 Overtime Kill Shots
  • Duals: 30 Throws + 5 Overtime Kill Shots 
  • Killshots will be mandatory every 5th throw for all disciplines; updated “call anytime” rules for Hatchet Killshots will not apply to Open Qualifiers
  • Killshots do not need to be alternated

Open and Closed Qualifiers

Qualifying Throws will be divided into two sections, Open and Closed Qualifiers.

Circuit Point totals will be finalized after Fall Regionals, at which point a player’s qualification for Closed vs. Open placement will be determined.

Open Qualifiers

Open Qualifiers will be available to Throwers with 10 or more Circuit Points in each attempted discipline.

IE: Player X requires at least 10 Circuit Points to compete in Big Axe Open Qualifiers, even if Player X has 75 Standard Hatchet Circuit Points.

If Throwers do not have 10 Circuit Points at the time of Qualifying Throws, they must have 10 Circuit Points by the end of the Fall Season for their scores to be counted.

Closed Qualifiers

Closed Qualifiers will be available to the Top Circuit Points earners from each discipline.

The Closed Qualifiers standings will exclude Throwers who have already secured a bid to WATC by the end of Fall Season.

Additionally,  non-US based residents are able to participate in Closed Qualifiers if they have: 

  1. participated in a league in 2021 
  2. attended a regional or major tournament in 2021

Standard Hatchet

Closed Qualifiers

Closed Qualifiers will be available to the Top 200 Standard Hatchet Circuit Points earners.

24 Top Scorers in the Closed Qualifiers will earn a bid to the WATC.

Open Qualifier

Open Qualifiers will be available to all Throwers who have over 10 Circuit Points.

The Top 7 Scorers will get a bid from the Open Qualifiers. 

Big Axe / Duals

Closed Qualifiers

Closed Qualifier is available to Top 150 Circuit Point Earners

12 Bids will be reserved for Top Scorers in the Closed Qualifiers will earn a bid to the WATC.

Open Qualifier

Open Qualifiers be available to all Throwers who have over 10 Circuit Points.

The Top 7 Scorers will get a bid from the Open Qualifiers.

Further Considerations 

WATL recognizes that not all throwers have the ability to attend a venue for Qualifying throws. If you meet one or more of the conditions below, please contact [email protected] and we will work with you so you can participate in Qualifying throws.

Conditions

  1. You do not have a WATL venue you are able to readily access, or are not within a 2 hour travel distance between your primary residence and your closest participating WATL venue
    • Where Travel is defined typically defined as driving and considerations can be made for public transportation.
    • Travel distance is measured by the typical drive time to the venue, does not account for temporary traffic, weather ect.
    • For further considerations, please contact WATL via email.
  2. There are no available certified judges available at your local venue
  3. In any of these cases, you must have access to a fully compliant WATL target (home or venue based) in order to participate.