Axe Throwing Warm-Up Throws Rules
Axe throwing is a sport requiring a lot of finesse and skill. Similar to how basketball players take shots before a game or golfers make practice swings before hitting the ball, axe throwers make warm-up throws to awaken their muscle memory and prepare them for their match. Read on to learn about various rules and regulations surrounding warm-up throws in axe throwing.
Making a Throw
Before discussing warm-up throws, it’s important to review what constitutes a legal axe throw. Players are allowed to throw an axe in one of three ways:
- Overhand with one hand, with the axe’s head facing the target before making the throw.
- Underhand with one hand, with the axe’s head facing the target before making the throw.
- Overhand with two hands, with the axe’s head facing the target before making the throw.
Additionally, players must make their throws with at least one foot on the ground. If they have both feet in the air while making a throw, it will be considered a fault, and they will receive zero points. Also, players must remain behind the 12 ft fault line when making a throw. If they cross the line with their feet or touch anything beyond the fault line with any part of their body, their throw will result in a fault, and they will receive zero points.
Furthermore, throwers only have ten seconds to make their throws after their opponent’s axe is released from their hand. Judges will keep a stopwatch to ensure that players make their throws before ten seconds have passed. Only having ten seconds can cause even the best throwers to be anxious. Banking a couple of warm-up throws can give an athlete confidence and help them to remember their muscle memory. That way, the ten-second clock does not seem so daunting
Warm-Up Throws in Tournaments
In tournaments, each player is allowed three warm-up throws before their first game. After that game is finished, players are allowed one warm-up throw before another match on the same day. If players are participating in a first to 2-out-of-3 situation, they can still have their one warm-up throw between games.
Throwers cannot sneak in practice throws on an empty lane between games. Doing so could cause them to be disqualified. If a player wishes to practice in such a manner, they must get approval from a WATL official, whether it be a WATL Judge or tournament host. If they are allowed to practice on an empty lane between games, this opportunity must be made available for all players.
Warm-Up Throws in Leagues
The rules governing warm-up throws change slightly during leagues. In this context, axe-throwing venues can provide their athletes with warm-up areas or training lanes if these areas are available for all throwers.
Leagues have the jurisdiction to allow players to practice as many throws as they would like before the official league start time as long as there are enough officials, the training venues are available for all, and the practice opportunities do not hinder or help anyone unfairly.
Presiding officials have the right to change training and warm-up times however they see fit. It is up to their discretion as to how long throwers can spend warming up, where they warm up, and how the logistics of the practice are implemented during any WATL event. It is also the job of the presiding official to let the players know when the event will officially start.
Special Rules For Warm-Up Throws
Handicapped players who wish to compete in an axe throwing match in a wheelchair must follow all rules regarding warm-up throws. However, they do get to practice differently than the rest. People in wheelchairs do not have to keep their feet behind the fault line when making throws. Instead, they must ensure that at least one of their wheels is behind the fault line (it does not matter which one). Therefore, although people in wheelchairs must follow the rules like everyone else, they get to warm up and make their throws slightly differently than the other athletes.