It was however the advent of plastics during the 1940’s and the technologyof plasticinjection moulding which allowed Frisbees to be successfully manufacturedas a recreational toy. The interest in UFO’s and flying saucers of the timehelped to secure the future of the FRISBEE
as a popular toy. The sport itself can be traced back to Columbia High School, 1968. Several staff andstudents developed the basic construct of the sport as a gag and activity forseveral school functions. Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) has grown from there tobecome a fastmoving and highly competitive sport.
Despite its geometrical simplicity the FRISBEE
(disc) gives rise to complexflow patterns during flight. It is its inherent complexity that has made it apopular toy and hasalso allowed an entire sport to be built around it. The desired properties of the disc during the play of Ultimate vary as it is avery dynamic sport with the players constantly changing position, trying toget ahead of theirmark. Consequently the players have developed a variety of different throws,each of which are suited to specific scenarios. Thus it is very difficult to say whichaerodynamicproperties the disc should have but the properties which have the mostinfluence on itsflight are:•
Coefficient of lift• Coefficient of drag• Sensitivity of these properties against varying angles of attack and rotational.
The basic design of the FRISBEE
has changed very little and indeed therequirementsof the disc which may be permitted to be used in competitive Ultimate arevery strict