Axe throwing! It’s the latest craze and it’s pretty awesome fun. Basically, axe throwing is a sport in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bull’s eye as near as possible. Kind of like darts, but cooler. Most likely, it began, well, around the time of the first axe, and most certainly in medieval times. In more modern time, it became a part of lumberjack competitions. Today they are popping up all over, primarily in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Participants compete, just like in darts, either at a venue or even such as festivals and theme parks. OK, sold? Where can you go? Check out “You Bet Your Axe in Elkton, Maryland.
OK Google fans, yes, you can google “axe throwing” and it will likely bring up a few spots, but why You Bet Your Axe (YBYA)? Quite a few reasons actually. First, consider the fact that you are throwing a dangerous object. Let’s now add in that alcohol is being served too, after all, like darts, this is the type of sport often done in a social setting. But this can be done safely. YBYA owners are certified in alcohol training with family members in law enforcement and first responders. Of course social drinking and sports pairs well with pizza – which they have right next door and Mexican and Chinese food and deliveries are nearby as well. With YBYA, no experience is necessary, there is a coach for each and every session. They pride themselves on ensuring you have a great time, whether you try it on a date night or with a group, or corporate party, they strive to provide an amazing experience. Parties of 4 or more can reserve online with a small deposit. However, you don’t need to make a reservation. As long as they have a coach and lane open you can walk in to play during their normal Wednesday through Sunday hours (although the bar is closed on Sunday). Thursday nights has leagues that run in eight week sessions
Axe-throwing, like darts, is a game of points based on how close you come to concentric rings with varying point values on a wooden board. Coaches on staff teach you how to throw, review the rules of the game, and teach you how to keep score. YBYA has seven lanes holding up to a dozen players each and 14 targets. In all, up to 100 people can play in a session. Most folks that try this sport love it. It’s fun. It’s social. It’s rising in popularity. Give it a try. Remember, since they have a tavern license, nobody under age 21 is allowed in except for Sunday, family day. For more information and a schedule of events, visit them online at www.youbetyouraxe.com, call 443-593-3075, or check them out on FaceBook.