At the World Axe Throwing League, safety is our top priority and we believe that Axe Throwing venues must be safe for all participants.
We have been made aware of a few instances of improper axe storage at WATL venues.
In our WATL Coaching Manual we note the importance of maintaining a neutral zone for axes:
“Establish a neutral zone for axes and instruct everyone, including coaches, to place axes in the designated axe holder after use or between people.
- Do not allow guests to hand each other axes. Have them set the axe down in a neutral zone or designated axe holder
- Sheaths or blade covers should remain on the axe unless it is being thrown or stored in a neutral zone
- Axes should be stored with blades facing down when in a designated box, or blades facing away from throwers if hung from hooks/magnets”
A few instances have come to our attention regarding improper storage of axes, specifically – axes housed in stumps.
Stumps are not a proper neutral zone for axe storage
Forcibly placing axes into stumps is an improper form of axe storage and is not recommended by WATL. Stumps may be troublesome for some patrons who do not have the strength or capability to embed the axe safely.
Stumps are not a recommended storage method for throwing axes and it is recommended that they are not used in WATL Venues.
Per the guidance above, axes should be stored with blades facing down when in a designated box, or blades facing away from throwers if hung from hooks/magnets.