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Featured Coach – Emily Daly

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The opening of Cornfed’s Lucky Season Seven is rapidly approaching and that means celebrating those who have helped us get here. Our team wouldn’t be where we are without our excellent coaching staff. This season Cornfed is lucky to have a few new coaches and we’ve had a great time getting to know them.

I (Ziggy Starthrust) had the opportunity to talk with one of the Muncie Missfits’ new coaches, Emily Daly, about her experiences. I’ve personally had a wonderful time skating under Emily’s guidance so far. Her previous experience as a skater gives her excellent insight on the ins and outs of the sport and she isn’t afraid to take charge as a coach. Read on to learn more about her and what she has to say about derby.

How long have you been involved with roller derby and what drew you to the sport? I grew up going to Gibson’s as a kid for skating parties, so I’ve always enjoyed being on eight wheels. I was living in Evansville, IN when Demolition City Roller Derby began there 10 years ago. I attended their first meeting/practice and I was hooked.

So you played derby for a while before becoming a coach? Oh yeah. I played for Demolition City for roughly four years, then I transferred to the Rat City Rollergirls in Seattle, Washington, where I skated for 3 years. I retired from derby when I had my daughter, Teagan.

What made you decide to give coaching a shot? I never really considered it as an option until Cosmo reached out to me and said Cornfed was looking for a new coach. So I applied and I am so thrilled I did!

We’re happy to have you too! What has been the hardest part of transitioning from skater to coach? Definitely not skating! Ha. I know I can be heavy handed and make practices a little rough, but I can at least say I have been there… and I know it hurts. It’s hopefully beneficial pain.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach? It’s a hard choice between seeing someone improve with the right guidance and hearing skaters say they had a great practice. There is no other feeling like an invigorating workout.

So what do you when you aren’t coaching? What’s a day in the life of Emily like? Ha! Busy. I’m a full time student aiming to apply to the surgical technology program in May, so this semester is full of difficult classes. I’m also a full time sole parent to my daughters (3 & 4). I would say I am in a constant state of ‘chicken with its head cut off’ frenzy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although, I do remember 10 years ago thinking I was ‘busy’ then!

What is one piece of advice you wish someone would have given you when you first started your derby journey? Hit harder. Skate lower. Finish strong. Don’t save a single ounce of energy for the ‘what ifs’ of practice or a game. You never know when it’ll be your last.

And final question: Is there anything you want to say to the team as we go into the first bout of the season? That’s a hard one. I would say at any given moment you have two options: step forward into growth or step back into safety. Onward & upward, Cornfed! ❤

Come see Emily be one of the Missfits’ fearless leaders in our first bout of the season on February 26, at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The CFDD All-Stars will take on the Derby City Rollergirls All-Stars (Louisville) and the Muncie Missfits will be playing the Derby City Rollergirls’ Bourbon Brawlers.

Doors open for the double header at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time for the All-Stars game. Tickets at the door are $12 per person (cash or card) or $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $8 with a valid 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. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit Muncie OUTreach. Hope to see you there!

Cornfed Announces Season 7 Home Bouts

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Muncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames are gearing up for an action packed seventh season beginning in February. In 2016, Cornfed represented Muncie in many home and away games and tournaments throughout the Midwest. The team is now ranked 109 out of 320 international roller derby leagues in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The addition of a B-Team, The Muncie Missfits, in 2016 has grown the league to over 30 active members.

The first home bout of season seven will be Sunday, February 26 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time. Cornfed will take on the Derby City Roller Girls of Louisville, KY in a double header versus their A & B teams.

Season 7 home games are as follows:

Sunday, February 26: All-Stars vs. Derby City Rollergirls All-Stars of Louisville, KY & Muncie Missfits vs. the Derby City Rollergirls’ Bourbon Brawlers of Louisville, KY

Sunday, March 12: All-Stars vs. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes’ Arbor Bruising Co. of Ann Arbor, MI & Muncie Missfits vs. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes’ Ypsilanti Vigilantes of Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, April 2: All-Stars vs. Gem City Roller Derby’s Purple Reign of Dayton, OH & Muncie Missfits vs. A-Town Roller Derby of Anderson, IN

Saturday, July 8: All-Stars vs. Brewcity Bruisers’ All-Stars of Milwaukee, WI & Muncie Missfits vs. Brewcity Bruisers’ Battlestars of Milwaukee, WI

Admission is $12 per person at the door, $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $8 with an ID and children ages 10 and younger are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children). Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. A portion of all bout proceeds in 2017 will be donated to Muncie OUTreach.

In addition to their four home games, Cornfed will travel to Dayton, OH on April 22, Indianapolis, IN on June 3, Cincinnati, OH on June 10, Cleveland, OH on June 24, and Quincy, IL on July 22. The Muncie Missfits will also participate in the “B-Cup Tournament” May 20 & 21 in Bloomington, IN. Due to the high costs of travel and lodging, the dames are accepting donations from fans online here. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the league this season contact cfddmonies@gmail.com for more information.

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 cornfeddd@gmail.com.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
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.
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 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.
SUBCOMMITTEE OVERSIGHT
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.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • 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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • 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.
NOTES
  • 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 cfddrecruitment@gmail.com.

 

 

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 cornfeddd@gmail.com. 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.