The rules of Axe Throwing

Only the ‘Fore-Bit’ of the Double Bit Axe can score a hit on the target area – but the bit must stick in the target. The Fore-Bit only needs to nick the line separating two scoring areas to win the points of the higher scoring area. The winner is whoever has the best score after three throws.

Yxkastning 1

1: Distance throwing line/target = 6.1 m (20’)
2: Height = 1.5 m (60”)
3: Fore-Bit
4: Back-Bit
Yxkastning 2 Yxkastning 3
Kastyxa
1: Length = min. 610 mm (24”)
2: Edge    = max. 152 mm (6”)
3: Weight = min. 1134 g (2 1/2 lb) incl. handle
Target
1: Target face  = 102 mm (4”)
2: Ø                = 450 mm (18”)

Rules

§ 1 A Double Bit Axe is thrown at a wooden target. The max. and min. dimensions for the competition throwing axe are as shown above.

§ 2 The distance from the throwing line to the bull’s eye of the target is to be
6.1 m (20’).

§ 3 The thrower must not step over the throwing line before the axe has hit or missed the target. This should be monitored by a line judge. A thrower who steps over the line gets 0 points.

§ 4 The Fore-Bit is the bit facing the target at the moment when the thrower releases the axe in their throw at the target.

§ 5 Only the Fore-Bit of the Double Bit Axe can score a hit on the target area – but the bit must stick in the target. (In a traditional throw, the axe handle usually points towards the ground for a valid hit.)

§ 6 The Fore-Bit only needs to nick the line separating two scoring areas to win the points of the higher scoring area.

§ 7 The Back-Bit must not touch the target. If the Back-Bit touches the target, the throw is given 0 points, even if the Fore-Bit has hit the target at the same time.

§ 8 The winner is the person with the highest points after at least three throws, or the number of throws announced in advance by the organiser. (Best of five or six throws is common).

§ 9 Before the competition, a special target for practice throws must be made available. Throwers practising on the competition target will be disqualified from the competition.

§ 10 The design and measurements of the target and the points for each circular section are shown in the illustration above.

§ 11 Competition classes: Seniors women and men. Juniors women and men. Competitors less than 18 years old are considered as juniors. The competition referee will decide on the lower age limit on a case-by-case basis. For a competition class to achieve competition status, it must include at least three participants. If the number of participants in a junior class is fewer than three, they are to be moved up to the senior class.

§ 12 The competition referee is appointed by the organisers. If the competition is organised by an axe throwing club, the club’s committee appoints the referee. The referee appoints the competition jury and the number of officials required: safety marshals, umpires etc.

§ 13 The competition referee must check and be responsible for compliance with the official safety rules. If there are safety issues, the referee must stop the competition until such issues have been resolved. The competition referee must always inform competitors and spectators about the official safety rules.

Source: Swedish Axe Throwing Society