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Cornfed Seeks New Head Coach

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Do you love to coach? Do you love roller derby? Do you love the Cornfed Derby Dames? The Cornfed Derby Dames out of Muncie, IN are looking for a dedicated coach for our league! We are looking for someone who can lead the team to another successful season and push each athlete to the next level.

To apply, submit a resume (with 3 references) and cover letter detailing your interest, skills, and experience by September 9, 2016 to

The League Head Coach is responsible for coaching roller derby athletes in game strategies and techniques to prepare them for athletic competition in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and Cornfed Derby Dames. The Cornfed Derby Dames consists of both an A and B team. Our A team is currently ranked 114th in the WFTDA rankings.
  • Attends Cornfed practices, scrimmages, and bouts;
  • Establishes and evaluates goals for Cornfed and participating athletes;
  • Provides players with in-the moment & periodic one-on-one feedback;
  • Directs implementation of roller derby skills and strategies based on current WFTDA ruleset and game play strategies from top teams internationally;
  • Develops training plans and manages practice time effectively;
  • May plan entire practices by requesting to do so with the Practice Committee;
  • Reviews and assesses game play footage of team and opponents and attends bout recaps when able;
  • Implements competitive game plans and rosters;
  • Holds players accountable for performance and attitude, and enforces disciplinary action when appropriate;
  • Other duties as assigned.
The League Head Coach is responsible for managing the coaching staff for the Cornfed Derby Dames and ensuring compliance with League training methods and strategies.
  • Roller derby and/or experience coaching female athletes encouraged, but not required;
  • Ability to objectively evaluate physical performance and mental capabilities related to the league;
  • Ability to teach skills by breaking them down into small steps and building on them;
  • Knowledge of WFTDA rules and regulations, including the WFTDA Safety Protocol and must be able to pass (80% or higher) the current WFTDA Skater Rules Test;
  • Ability to learn and implement strategy;
  • Effective planning and organizational skills;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and fair working relationships with athletes, volunteers, staff and the public, within a diverse participant population;
  • Ability to lead and manage change in a positive and inclusive manner.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to travel locally, and nationally, for team practices and competitions;
  • Physical ability to participate in all facets of training and competition.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, and physical demands required of volunteer personnel so classified;
  • Practices are held 3 days per week;
  • Roughly 5-8 bouts per season (Saturdays and Sundays);
  • Head coach is selected by league vote annually. Each term lasts 1 season.

New Skater Clinic

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We are excited to begin our seventh season this fall and are starting the season off with a New Skater Clinic on Sunday, September 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Gibson’s Skating Arena. If you have ever contemplated getting involved with roller derby now is your chance!

The clinic is open to women 18 years and older interested in playing roller derby or men and women interested in becoming referees. No previous skating experience is necessary; our talented coaching staff will spend the clinic teaching the basic skating skills of roller derby. The following gear is required at the clinic: quad roller skates, mouth guard, helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads. Much of the required gear is available to borrow from the Dames.

The clinic is just $5 to attend and does not require any long-term league commitment. If you do choose to join the league, a two-week boot camp will follow the clinic and expand on skating skills before league practices resume in October. Pre-registration is required, to register or if you have any additional questions email



Last Doubleheader of the Season vs. Naptown Roller Girls

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Cornfed vs. Naptown

The Cornfed Derby Dames (CFDD) will hold their final doubleheader of season 6 on Saturday, July 9 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The CFDD All-Stars will take on the Naptown Roller Girls Warning Belles (Indianapolis) and the Muncie Missfits will be playing the Naptown Roller Girls Third Alarm (Indianapolis).

The last time the Dames played the Warning Belle’s was in May of 2015. This hard fought game resulted in a loss for Cornfed 122 to Naptown’s 161. The Dames are looking for a win at home to finish up season six!

Doors open for the double header at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. start time for the All-Stars game. Tickets at the door are $10 per person or $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $5 with an ID and children ages 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children). Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. An after party will follow the game at Big Shots Pub, 700 S. Nichols St. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit For Girls By Girls, Inc.

Third Home Bout of Season 6 on June 12

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The Cornfed Derby Dames (CFDD) are on a winning streak after defeating two teams at home and making some impressive wins at the K-town Shakedown tournament. Next up for the Dames is a doubleheader Sunday, June 12 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The CFDD All-Stars will take on the Gem City Rollergirls (Dayton) and the Muncie Missfits will be playing A-town Roller Derby (Anderson).

Doors open for the double header at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time. Tickets at the door are $10 per person or $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $5 with an ID and children ages 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children). Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. An after party will follow the game at Big Shots Pub, 700 S. Nichols St. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit For Girls By Girls, Inc.

K-Town Shakedown Recap

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The Cornfed Derby Dames competed in their first tournament ever from April 29 to May 1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tournament named, “K-Town Shakedown,” invited 23 women’s and men’s flat track roller derby teams from all over North America to compete.13072772_1124252294281393_8274399431152855330_o

The Dames played in three games throughout the weekend versus North Texas Roller Derby (Denton, TX), Border City Brawlers (Windsor, ON, Canada), and Dupage Derby Dames (Roselle, IL). In the first game North Texas took the win with a nail-biting final score of 171 to the Dames’ 170. In game two the Dames came out on top of Border City 302 to 114. Lastly, in their toughest game of the weekend, the Dames pulled out a win against Dupage 198 to 172.

13072654_1125621280811161_595976963030501685_oThe Dames want to thank their fans and the Muncie community as a whole for their continued support of the league over the past six years. The next chance to see the Dames in action is Sunday, June 12 at Gibson’s Skating Arena. The Cornfed Derby Dames All-Stars will take on the Gem City Rollergirls of Dayton, Ohio at 2 p.m. Following the first game, the Cornfed Derby Dames Muncie Missfits will play A-Town Roller Derby of Anderson, Indiana.

Dames & Paints Fundraising Event

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12422172_10207085794761094_1129853330_oMuncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames will be attending their first tournament ever this season. While this is an exciting opportunity, it’s also very expensive. Between the high cost of registration fees, gas money, hotel bills, and food, the Dames are left scrounging for the funds to make this dream a reality. Here’s your chance to help out while having fun!

On Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Dames will host a “Dames & Paints” workshop at The Fickle Peach in Downtown Muncie. This popular workshop presented by Cornerstone Center for the Arts will cost just $35 per person and will include one pint of craft beer or a glass of wine. The evening’s featured painting design, pictured above, was inspired by Cornfed’s own “Rosie” logo, but other roller derby designs will be available to paint as well.

The Dames will be on hand for meet and greets with fans or even to sign autographs! Exclusive Cornfed Derby Dames merchandise will also be available for purchase that evening. To sign up for the event email Pre-registration is required, payments will be due the evening of the event in the form of cash, check, or card.

Don’t miss the Dames in action at their next home bout on Sunday, April 3. The All-Stars will take on Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade followed by the Muncie Missfits versus the Circle City Derby Girls Party Crashers. Tickets for the bout are available through any Cornfed Derby Dame, online at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door the day of the event. For more information about the Dames’ upcoming games click here.

CFDD prepares for second game of Season 6

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If you missed the Cornfed Derby Dames’ (CFDD) home opener it’s not too late to see them in action this season! After a huge win over the Derby City Rollergirls, the CFDD All-Stars have set their sights on Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade of Chicago,Illinois and the CFDD Muncie Missfits will play Circle City Derby Girls’ Party Crashers Sunday, April 3 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave.

Doors open for the double header at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. start time. Tickets at the door are $10 per person or $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $5 with an ID and children ages 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two child
ren). Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. An after party will follow the game at Big Shots Pub, 700 S. Nichols St. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit For Girls By Girls, Inc.

This will be your last chance to see the dames in action before they travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to participate in the “K-Town Shakedown” tournament. The team is currently fundraising to help cover the costs of the tournament. Donations may be made online here.

For Girls By Girls Inc. Named Season 6 Charity

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Each season, the Cornfed Derby Dames choose a local charity to support both monetarily and through various volunteer activities. A portion of each home bout’s proceeds are set aside and donated to that chosen non-profit organization.

For Season 6, the dames have chosen to work with For Girls by Girls Inc., a non-profit organization, based in Muncie, which was formed in June 2007. The mission of the organization is to embrace, educate, empower, and encourage the lives of young girls, ages 7 – 17. They encourage girls to be comfortable in their own skin through intergenerational mentorship. Their free summer mentor program lasts for six weeks during the summer and averages around 60 participants.

We feel that For Girls by Girls’ mission matches with roller derby’s general philosophy of inclusion and empowerment. One of the amazing things about roller derby is the inclusion of women from all walks of life and backgrounds. All body types and sizes are welcome in roller derby, which is a very powerful message we can share with young women today. In a world where young girls are inundated with a skinny and diet obsessed media, we can spread the incredibly important message of how important it is to be comfortable in your own skin.

If you’d like more information on the wonderful work that For Girls by Girls does in the Muncie community, or if you’re interested in mentoring or donating, visit their website.

Debbie Darko’s Journey

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On Monday, May 24, 2010 I hesitantly climbed the dark stairs of the Heorot to the 2nd floor, a shy and awkward recent graduate of Ball State, stepping way out of my comfort zone. I sat quietly in the corner, taking in the group of women seated around me. From all walks of life, they too had gathered that day to discuss one thing: roller derby.

My entire roller derby knowledge consisted of what I was able to glean the night before from a google search. I had seen a flier up at a bar a few days before, explaining that a Muncie roller derby team was forming and that no experience was required. I hadn’t skated in years, yet the idea was intriguing to me. I knew I needed to join something now that I had graduated, lest I become a hermit. Most of my friends had moved out of town and my shyness made it nearly impossible to make friends as an adult.

I have no idea what made me brave enough to walk up those dark steps that day, but I’m forever grateful I did. Joining roller derby has, hands down, been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

It hasn’t been an easy road. I was not a natural skater by any means. I envied my teammates who seemed to have been born with skates on, and I silently struggled with the simplest moves. Merely staying on my feet was a challenge at first and often my fear and anxiety made my heart pound in my throat.

Not being able to contribute to the team with my nonexistent skating skills, I tried to contribute in other ways. From the beginning I went to every single event I possibly could, promoting the team, spreading the word about derby and volunteering in the community with my teammates. Always an obsessive photographer, I started photographing the team when I could. This was not only a way to contribute, but it also was a bit of a security blanket for me. I was painfully shy, so I could hide behind my camera and still feel useful. I joined almost every committee on the team and worked to help keep our fledgling team going.

Slowly (very slowly), I improved. Even more slowly I began to become more comfortable around my teammates. The quiet one for years, I finally began to open up. These women, this amazingly diverse group of strong, independent, funny and caring women never once made me feel stupid for always being the slowest. They always encouraged me, even when I failed. In turn, I grew more confident, less fearful, and pushed my body past what I thought I could accomplish.

It took me three and a half years to finally pass all the minimum skills. In January 2014 I passed the dreaded 27/5 (27 laps in 5 minutes), with my team cheering me on the whole time. It would take me two more years of hard work, determination, drills and scrimmages (a year and a half of which I was an alternate and a season of struggling with a knee injury) but finally I’ve earned my first non-alternate roster spot at a CFDD bout. Not only will I gear up on Sunday, February 28th at 4pm as a fully rostered skater, but for the first time ever, we’ll be playing a doubleheader at home.

12736855_10153606882144865_1108518855_oI’m so honored to have the opportunity to play in the first ever Cornfed B team game. The fact that we now have a B team is amazing! We’ve always been a small team and have, at times, struggled with numbers. But our ranks have swelled, giving each and every skater so much more opportunity to learn and grow.

As one of the few remaining original members of the team, one who was there before we had a practice space, (when we had no idea what we were doing, but worked incredibly hard anyway) the swell in numbers fills my heart with such joy. It’s incredible, as someone who struggled for years to do the simplest things on skates, to help the next generation of Dames discover the love of this amazing sport. These women have become so much more than teammates and friends. They’re my family now. And in this supportive and welcoming environment, one that is accepting of all body types, all sexual orientations and all backgrounds, I have found the confidence to finally break out of my shell and the freedom to be myself.

12735969_10153606882189865_778805169_nIt’s been a long journey from that spring day in 2010 to now. One that I’m grateful for every day. There’s been a lot of sweat, tears, tweaked muscles, one unfortunate broken tailbone and bruises beyond count, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’m proud to be a Dame, honored beyond words to be rostered at the first home bout of 2016, and excited to see what season 6 will bring.