Gossard, Team USA win gold

Gossard, Team USA win gold

Cody Finney / The Arbiter

Boise State has a competitive frisbee club and for Anthony Gossard, a 19-year-old sophomore and international frisbee champion,  it is a small part of a dream realized.

Gossard began playing frisbee in high school as part of a frisbee club.  Initially, they were just throwing games together to play.  Then he found out  they could start a competitive high
school team.

Together with about a dozen teammates, that is exactly what he did.   By his junior year Gossard had also joined a competitive league.  Tournaments took him all over the Northwest including Washington, Oregon and Montana.

After high school, Gossard came to Boise State, where his brother had started the Boise State Ultimate
Frisbee Club.

He heard about tryouts for the World Junior Ultimate Championship, where Team USA would compete on the international level, but the competition only happens every two years and it had just happened.

The next tryout would be two years away, but that gave Gossard the time he needed to perfect his game and prepare to compete at that level of competition.

Team USA receives a couple hundred applications.  From those applications, 80 people are chosen, approximately 40 from each coast, to compete for a place on the team.

There are only 22 spots up for grabs and  Boise State’s Anthony Gossard waded through all of the competition to earn a spot on Team USA.

The team members spent a week in Boston, Mass. at a training camp for one week before they embarked on their journey to the international championship held in Ireland in August.

Teams from all over the world competed for a total of nine games in five days at this international championship.

Only one walked away with the gold: Team USA.

The accomplishment meant more to Gossard than just a gold medal.

“Once I grew to love the sport and get to the highest level of play possible, going to the tournament and seeing the different countries playing is really inspiring to see the sport that I grew to love spread around the world,” Gossard said. “It was awesome, seeing how people in all the different countries love the same thing I
have loved.”

Gossard described competitive ultimate frisbee as a sport with similarities to both football and soccer.

It is played on a field basically the same size as a football field but with wider end zones.

It is similar to soccer as the game is continuously moving. Seven people from each team are on the field at a time.

The disc has to be kept airborne at all times.  Once a player has the disc, he or she cannot move but only pass
the disc.

There are also no specific positions on the team; everyone is the quarterback and everyone is the receiver.  Games usually last somewhere between one-and-a-half to two hours and are played to a point limit which is usually an odd number.

For those interested in more information,  Boise State Club Ultimate Frisbee will have a Web site in the near future.