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History of the Flying Disc
Mark s Eckenrode

By Mark s Eckenrode
Published on December 11, 2008

Year Wise History:


William Russel Frisbie moves to Bridgeport, CT to manage a new pie company. After buying it, he renamed it as the Frisbie Pie Company.

Year Wise History:


William Russel Frisbie moves to Bridgeport, CT to manage a new pie company. After buying it, he renamed it as the Frisbie Pie Company.


Fred Morrison carves first plastic disc from a block of solid tenite.


Fred Morrison manages to make his first disc from buthyl-stearate.

First Premium Flying Disc, the Arcuate Vane with Lil'Abner label appears.


The Pluto Platter is the first mass-produced disc.


Dartmouth University hold tournaments of two-a-side Guts.


The founders of Wham-O, Rick Knerr and "Spud" Melin first see Morrison's discs.


Wham-O buys the rights to the Frisbee disc from Morrison.


Fred Morrison was awarded a design patent #183626 (30/9) for his "Flying Saucer."

Wham-O produced the "Toy Flying Saucer".

The Healy family organised the "Invitational Frisbee Tournament with Guts as the event. It was held in Escabana, Michigan, USA.


The name "Frisbee" is registered by Wham-O on May 26th. Trademark #679186


In October, the Professional Model Frisbee, designed by Ed Headrick is introduced by Wham-O.


Ed Headrick is awarded the first mechanical patent on a flying disc #3359678 on Nov 1.


Joel Silver and others at the Columbia high school in Maplewood, NJ, USA invent Ultimate Frisbee.

The International Frisbee Association (IFA), is formed in Los Angeles by "Steady" Ed Headrick.

A Mr Malu in Belgium starts his own disc manufacturing.


IFA publishes its grading system and a newsletter.

The IFA Masters Qualifying Meet and Tournament is held on April 27 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA., won by Jay Shelton.


US Army invest $400,000 to see if Frisbees can be used as a parachute flare carrier. The project is closed without success.

IFA organises "Berkely VS Southern California Meet". The events were Distance, Accuracy Guts and Golf.


The first and second editions of the Ultimate rules are written by Buzzy Hellring, Joel Silver and Jon Hines.

Columbia High beats Milburn High 43-10 in the very first interscholastic game.


New Jersey Frisbee Conference formed with five teams.


On November 6, Rutgers beats Princeton, 29-27 in the first intercollegiate game of ultimate.


United Kingdom FDA is formed.


Swedish Frisbee Federation (SFF) is formed by Johny Gustafson and Mikael Hjärtsjö.

The first OCTAD is organised on Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The tournament has 8 events.

In Toronto a tournament include "Free-Form Frisbee". This first freestyle is won by Jim Kenner and Ken Westerfield.

On August 2nd the American Flying Disc Open is organised in Rochester, USA.

In June in Evanston, ILL, the North Western Frisbee Tournament is held. Bruce Konger won Golf.

The first World Frisbee Championships are held by Wham-O in the Rose Bowl. Victor Malafronte and Jo Cahow won overall.


The Japan Frisbee Disc Association is formed.

The first permanent Disc Golf course is made in Oak Grove, Pasadena by Ed and KenHeadrick. The targets were made of pipe.

The IFA newsletter and Flying Disc World are merged into Frisbee World.


The Australian FDA is formed.


The Austrian FDA is formed.

The Belgian FDA is formed.


The Finnish FDA is formed.

The Guts Players Association is formed.

The Danish Frisbee Sport Union is formed.

DDC is included in the WFC for the first time.

In Sweden an indoor Ultimate game is played for the first time. Skogshyddan played against Halmstad.


Ultimate Players Association is formed i december. Tom Kennedy is elected the first director.

The Nederlandse Frisbie Bond is formed.

The Norwegian Frisbee Forbund is formed on April 17th.

The Federation Francaise de Frisbee is formed.

Frisbee Sport Italia is formed.

First UPA Nationals, held in Stage College, PA, won by Glassboro over the Santa Barbara Condors.


The Swiss Disc Sports is formed.

The first Ultimate European Championship is played in Paris. Finland, England, Sweden finnished first, second and third.


The British Ultimate Federation is formed.

Sweden won both Ultimate and Guts in the European championships in Milano, Italy.

The Individual European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, was won by Klaus Arpia, Finland and Marianne Spiegelhofer, Austria.

Peter Jansson, Sweden won the first European Disc Golf championships in Essen, West Germany.


The United States Disc Sports is formed.

Peter Jansson, SWE won the Individual european championships in Belgium.

Charlie Mead, UK, won the european disc golf championships in England

Peter Spiegelhofer is elected president for EFDF.


The Deutscher Frisbee Sport Verband is formed.

The European Individual Championships in England is won by Christophe Schötte, SWE, (Open), Marianne Spiegelhofer, Austria, (Women) and Jacob Wichman, Denmark, (Juniors).

The first World Ultimate Championships are held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Rude Boys, USA won open and Melting Pot, USA, women. Sweden won Guts and juniors ultimate.

The Swedish Frisbee Forbundet gains membership in the national Swedish sports confederation and flying disc play is officially accepted as a sport in Sweden.

Kransco bought Wham-O. Both IFA and WFC are closed. At that time IFA had 100,000 members in 30 countries.

The the first US Open is organised.

Windy City won the UPA nationals.

Ed Headrick turns PDGA control over to the players.


First UPA College Nationals, held at Tufts, won by Stanford over Glassboro.

The individual european championships is organised in Örebro, Sweden. Overall winners are Torsten G–rke, WG (Open), Karin Karlsson, SWE (Women), and Martin Sievers, SWE (Juniors).

During the championships (On July 12th) the World Flying Disc Federation is formed by EFDF. The Swedish association is given the task of getting the organisation going. Charlie Mead is elected president of EFDF.


The Jugoslavian FDA is formed.

The first WFDF Disc Golf World championship is held in Helsingborg, Sweden. Sam Ferrans and Tami Pellicane won.

In the Ultimate and Guts European championships in Austria, Sweden won three titles and Austria one.


In August the third World Ultimate and Guts championship is held. (Colchester England.) San Fransisco won open and Lady Condors womens. Sweden won juniors and guts.


The first WFDF Overall World Championship is held in Ft Collins, USA. Peter Bowie, New Zealand, won.

The Ultimate Affair tournament, Amherst, MA, with about 80 teams in attendance.


The second WFDF overall is held in San Fransisco and the fourth World Ultimate and Guts championship is held in Leuven, Belgium.


New Zealand FDA is formed.

In Oslo, Norway the fifth WFDF World Ultimate and Guts championships are held, including masters for the first time.


The WFDF Overall Championships and the WFDF Congress is held in Santa Cruz, CA, USA.


The sixth WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships are held in Utsunimoya, Japan.

The WFDF Congress is held at the championships in Utsunimoya on Aug 16th. Robert L Rauch, USA, elected new president for WFDF.


The first WFDF Ultimate championships in the US. Madison organize the third World Club championships between July 24th and 31st.


The seventh WFDF World Ultimate and Guts championships are organized in Colchester England.


The fourth WFDF Ultimate Club championships are held in Millfield, England.