Youth Axe Throwing Leagues
Getting Those Kids Off The Couch
Youth Axe Throwing Leagues Can Help
The first thing that comes to mind when people hear axe throwing is big bearded men or Vikings. This couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to the world of competitive axe throwing that we know. Our leagues have such a diversity that many people don’t realize that it actually spans into age. Into the kid category with our youth leagues. Children from ages 9 and up make up our youth specific leagues. This is a sport of skill, not of athleticism or strength.
Safety is another topic that comes to mind when they hear axe throwing. Despite sounding dangerous, it is actually quite safe. Sure there is danger, but there is danger in everything. Our Youth Leagues are run under the IATF (International Axe Throwing Federation) Standards. these are the strictest of standards a venue can be. Between distance, equipment, fencing and standards, IATF keeps it safe.
When handling an axe, everyone has a heightened awareness of the potential of danger. Unlike a kid picking up their baseball glove, they know an axe can hurt them. They are more likely to be careful when handling an axe. That same child may not be aware that they could be the recipient of a line drive to the face, or dropping a bowling ball on their foot. In general, strains and sprains are the most common injuries for kids. Mainly because they are not aware of the danger in attempting the things that cause these injuries.
Children are Natural Learners
You may be an old dog that can’t learn new tricks, but not your kids. All they do is absorb information all day. They are used to taking instruction. To listening. Even if they are playing video games, they are learning where in the game a bad guy is, or where that warp zone is hidden. Trying new things is almost a daily occurrence. The ability to learn is key to forming a great player.
Kids Want Fun
Let’s be honest. As an adult, what part of your childhood to you look back and long for? Your answer is probably all of the fun things. Playing with your friends. Riding your bikes. Playing wall ball or hide and seek. Playing games and being outside was what we did. We learned how to play games from our friends. Today’s kids have different friends. Friends who only know how to find videos on YouTube or play Fortnite or Minecraft. You can change that.
Parents need to introduce their kids to physical activities and sports many of the times. These sports can also become extremely time consuming and expensive. Not Axe Throwing. Equipment is inexpensive and the cost is $15 per week ($120 for 8 week Seasons). Not many sports I can think of that you can get into at this price. Leagues are held once a week and practice is as often as you want.
Get The Kids Throwing Axes
Even though our Youth Axe Throwing Leagues help get kids off the couch and away from the screen and electronics, they can still use today’s technology to follow their progress. Stats for players can all be found online at axescores.com and are updated in real time. They can watch their accuracy increase as well as their standing in their specific league.
Although unconventional, axe throwing IS an actual sport. Many of the tournaments being held have 4 and 5 digit prize pools with many ways to win. The big year end championship tournament known as the IATC is a $50K prize pool. The sport is aired on ESPN several times a year. Many of the players seen on TV can be seen on a regular basis at Choppers. Everyone in this sport is supportive of the other players and is willing to help other learn. It is almost a badge of honor to have given another player tips on improving their throws to get them good enough to beat the person who taught them.
Being an individual sport allows the player to grow at their own pace. With the youth axe throwing leagues, we see this as a very important aspect. No child is the same as their friend or sibling. No child should be forced to progress faster than they are ready for. Axe throwing gives them the opportunity to develop at their own pace. Faster or slower. They just need the chance.
Check out our Youth Leagues and watch for Specials where we will hold clinics for children ages 9+. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected and get updated Axe Throwing News, Pictures and Videos.
Co-Owner of Choppers Hatchet House