Due to COVID-19 they had to cancel the upcoming spring season. A few members got together last month and founded the world’s first quarantine sports league.
Mario Zelaya is originally from Ontario, Canada and started opening Bad Ax facilities in 2014.
There are now 40 locations across North America. The popularity of Bad Ax Throwing led to the World Ax Throwing League. and there are more than 8,000 launchers worldwide.
“The same technology that powers the global ax throwing league powers the quarantine league. So what I would do is call you on Instagram and we would have a real-time match, where I would throw and place my phone and he would save the boards,” Zelaya says.
Virtual matches are streamed live as pitchers record their scores.
Anyone can join the Quarantine League.
All you have to do is follow the wooden target building guidelines. Pitchers created them in their garages, basements and backyards.
“(There’s) a lot of interest from people who maybe hear about it through friends or are tired of sitting on the couch all day watching Netflix. It’s a great way to get off the couch, do something fun, a whole new activity,” he says.
It’s important to wear closed shoes when doing the activity, and Zelaya says you can’t buy just any old ax at a hardware store.
You can order axes specifically designed for throwing online at the World Ax Throwing League website. If you want to participate or live stream a game, you can find them on the QATL Facebook page.
“Take a stress break, go to your garden, take a 30-40 minute break from throwing axes in your garden and go back to work practically from home. I think the net effect is that it will level everyone’s game .a level that we hadn’t seen before the COVID crisis,” says Zelaya.
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