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"Frisbee" (TM) is the trade name for a round plastic flying disc toy, made by the Wham-O company. Wham-O also also makes the Hula Hoop, the Slip'n'Slide, the original Super Ball, and the Hacky Sack.[1]

Inspired by kids playing catch with metal pie tins, Walter Frederick Morrison and Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version in 1948.[2] Morrison sold the rights to Wham-O, who began selling the "Pluto Platter" in 1957.[3] The name was changed to Frisbee in 1958.[4]

Ideal wind conditions for playing Frisbee are in the range of 2-4 on the Beaufort scale.[5]

Since the birth of the Frisbee, a number of Frisbee sporting events have evolved. They include Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Golf, and Frisbee Freestyle. Frisbee sports are inexpensive, needing little beyond the disc itself, which costs around $10.[6]

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is responsible for hosting World Championships and developing Rules of the Game for Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf, Freestyle, and other flying disc sports.[7] In 2004, despite Frisbee's reputation for being a "hippie sport", the WFDF signed the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, subjecting Frisbee players to the same anti-doping standards as many other athletes. Alcohol consumption, however, is still allowed.[8][9][10]


  1. Wham-O Products
  2. Where the Frisbee First Flew
  3. The First Flight of the Frisbee
  4. Wham-O About Us
  5. Frisbee by Michael McCafferty
  6. Frisbee Products
  7. World Flying Disc Federation
  8. FAQ WUCG 2004 Anti-Doping FAQ v3.doc
  9. The World Anti-Doping Code 2007 Prohibited List
  10. Newsbrief: Drug War Invades Ultimate Frisbee