History of Ultimate
The history of Ultimate and other disc sports such as Guts and Disc Golf, goes back to the late 19th century with the invention of the Frisbee™. It only became a real sport, however, in 1967, thanks to American teenager Joel Silver.
Frisbee or Frisbie
The Frisbee™ owes its name to the Frisbie Pie Company. In the late 19th century, the pie companie delivered pies to Yale University. The students not only enjoyed the delicious pies, but they also used the lids of the tins in which the pies were kept, to throw to each other. This pastime was called frisbie-ing and later frisbee-ing. It later also spread to other universities in the United States.
In 1948, the pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company were exchanged for the disc as we know it today. For Fred Morrison, UFOs and flying saucers were the inspiration for making the plastic discs. He called them Flying Saucer and later Pluto Platter. In 1957, the patent of the flying disc went to a new owner, a company called Wham-O, that gave it the name Frisbee™ They also made the disc even more aerodynamic. The Frisbee™ was born.
The origins of Ultimate
In the 1950s, there was already a game at American Universities that is similar to Guts. Ultimate, however, originates from 1967. 15 year old student Joel Silver is the one who came up with the idea for the sport. Three years later, the rules of the game were put on paper and five schools in the state of New Jersey started an Ultimate competition between them. Through former students, the sport spread to the other universities in the United States and from the 1970s onwards, to the rest of the world as well.
History of Ultimate in the Netherlands
In the late 1970s, the Dutch Frisbee Association (NFB) was founded. In 1980, the first Dutch championship Disc Golf took place, organised by the NFB. After a visit to a disc sport event in Belgium where Ultimate was played, the game was also introduced in the Netherlands.
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