Introducing: The World Axe Throwing League Professional League

July 27th, 2023

We have updated how the 2nd Cycle of Pro League will be run in 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please check out our new blog entry

Updated April 27, 2021

Today the World Axe Throwing League Professional League (WATL Pro League) is being founded to help identify and recognize the top competitors in the sport of axe throwing for standard hatchet competition. Competitors will participate in the WATL Leagues with other players, but will have additional rules in place in order to maintain Pro League status.

  • The list of WATL Pro League players will be evaluated twice per year.
    • The top 64 players in Circuit Points will be evaluated before Winter and Summer League seasons.
    • Each half year of WATL Pro League is defined as a Cycle
    • Members of the first WATL Pro League Cycle (January 2021 to June 2021) will be determined by:
      • The Top 32 throwers at the 2020 World Axe Throwing Championship (WATC)
      • The Top 32 scores from an Open Qualifier in December 2020, to be held after the 2020 WATC
    • Members of the Second WATL Pro League Cycle (July 2021 to December 2021) will be determined by:
      • The top 64 scores from an Open Qualifier
  • Pro League Benefits:
    • The highest eight placing members of WATL Pro League each season, who have not already earned an automatic bid from a previous season, will be awarded automatic bids the World Axe Throwing Championship each season
      • If the 8 highest placing members already have bids, the bids will go to the next eligible top 8 members
      • To maintain automatic bids, players must throw in at least one additional league during the calendar year
        1. Exceptions:
          1. Members who earn bids during Fall Season
          2. Members unable to compete in subsequent seasons due to injury or situations outside their control
          3. Members where their local venue is unable to produce enough players for subsequent seasons and they do not have a WATL venue within a 2 hour total travel distance from their primary residence
            1. Where travel is defined as driving, ferry, but does not include public transportation or air travel  
    • Pro League Members acquire an additional 25% Circuit Points from leaderboard placings after each season
      • ie. Placing 13th Overall
        1. Non Pro League Player: 300 Circuit Points
        2. Pro League Player: 375 Circuit Points
  • Eligibility for an upcoming Pro League Cycle:
    • Throwers must abide by all WATL Rules & Regulations, including but not limited to, the Code of Conduct
      • Any gross misconduct will result in forfeiture of Pro League status
    • Throwers must compete in 1 WATL League Season and 1 Major or Televised Tournament per cycle
      • If a player resides more than 3000km/1864mi (primary residence to venue) from all Major or Televised Tournaments for during the cycle they are exempt from the tournament requirement
    • Pro League members or those wishing to enter Pro League are required to have a seasonal leaderboard placing in the Top 100 throwers in at least one season per cycle
    • Pro League members or those wishing to enter Pro League must throw Killshots in at least 50% of instances during league play
      • Players may choose which matches and which throws to throw a Killshot
      • Players must finish each season with at least 28 Killshots attempted during league play
  • If any eligibility requirements fail to be met by the top 64 throwers in the Circuit Point rankings, throwers beginning at 65th place in the Circuit Point rankings can be considered for inclusion in Pro League in descending order to fill 64 Pro League spots each Cycle
    • If not enough players meet eligibility requirements Pro League may include less than 64 players per Cycle
  • Pro League members will have notations on the global leaderboard.
  • Pro League Play:
    • Members of the WATL Pro League will follow regular league play against local league members
      • Special pairing against other Pro League members is not required
      • Pairings will continue to be done automatically through the WATL app