Featured Skater: Melody Mayhem

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cfdd-20We’ve all felt it: that tingly, butterflies in the stomach, giddy, hair-raising feeling that only comes from your first time watching derby. Deciding whether or not to strap on skates and give the ol’ track a whirl is an exhilarating decision, and sometimes takes way too long to make! This was the case for accomplished jammer, Melody Mayhem. “Fellow teammate Aria Kiddinme convinced me to try it out during a conversation we had at a going away party for a mutual friend. My interest for derby was already there after seeing a bout several years before this conversation, but I never acted on my interest.  By the end of the night Aria convinced me to join and two weeks later I was on skates.”

And we are so glad she did! Melody is a battering-ram of a jammer, super skilled, and a great teacher! In fact, she teaches on and off the track. “I teach elementary music (grades K-5) at Delaware Community Schools. I also can be found knitting or crocheting something.” Don’t let that fool you though, collide with Melody Mayhem, and you might have some stitches of your own!


(A war cry captured by Matt Ruddick at K-Town Shakedown)

Melody is an all-star jammer and recently jammed not one, not two, but three games in one weekend at the K-town Shakedown Tournament. (Which you can read more about here!) One of her favorite memories in her derby career, she described it simply as: “3 days. 3 bouts. It was challenging, but a fantastic experience.” So how does an active jammer like Melody keep her focus? “At practice I think about what I need to work on to make myself and the team better. On bout day I think calming thoughts and try to focus on the bout to come. How can I get through the opposing team’s defense? How can I be the most effective in my attack?

She certainly does attack, and she is fierce! Buuuuuuuut she’s a softie, too. “I love that derby gives me a competitive outlet in my life. I also love that derby has given me a second family. (*Insert cheesy-heartfelt music and audience “aw” here.)

To see Melody in action, head down to Gibson’s Skating Arena (2610 S Mock Ave, Muncie) on June 12 at 1pm! This is a derby packed double-header Sunday, so get more bang for your buck and see Cornfed take on two awesome teams! The Cornfed all-stars will face the Gem City Rollergirls, and the Cornfed Muncie Missfits will play A-Town Roller Derby.  Tickets at door are only ten bucks, five for college students with an ID!

Featured Skater: Cosmo Pain

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cfdd-54Someone call NASA, because this week’s featured skater is out of this world! Cosmo Pain is a new addition to the Cornfed Derby Dames, but underestimate her and you’ll be sorry. Cosmo is a star jammer for The Missfits, Cornfed’s premier B-team, and has jammed with the A team as well. “It’s a great experience being on the B-Team, especially since the A-Team is so supportive and active in our progress – helping us at practice, scrimmages, and bouts. I get the experience I need on the B-Team to help me improve.” Cosmo joined Cornfed about 6 months ago at one of our new skater clinics. Although we’d like to believe that Cosmo joined due to Cornfed’s obvious allure and magnetism, we actually have a few ladies from Arlen, Texas to thank. “I knew about derby for a few years, but I never thought it was for me until I watched the King of the Hill episode when Peggy and Luanne joined a roller derby league. I used to skate all the time when I was younger (starting at 3 or 4 years old) and I missed it so I decided to attend the new skater clinic. After that I was hooked.”

It’s hard not to be hooked on roller derby. Our sport is so mentally and physically demanding, but that kind of pressure can sometimes bring to the surface skills that people don’t even know they have before derby. For Cosmo, that skill was her crazy, bone-breaking, booty bruising strength. “I remember when a fellow teammate, U.S.Amee, said I was (physically) strong. No one has ever used those words to describe me before derby.” Let’s just say that if you enjoy trying to walk through brick walls, you’ll really like playing against Cosmo.


(Bona Petite, Janis Droplin and Cosmo Pain after a scrim!)

Cosmo is constantly working hard to improve her skills, not only for herself, but for her team. “Derby has helped give me a reason to work out harder: becoming stronger, gaining endurance, and losing some fat and gaining muscle along the way. It’s a hobby, it’s a lifestyle change, and it’s a community I’m now a part of.”

The derbyverse isn’t the only community Cosmo is a part of. When she’s not pushing through blockers, Cosmo is busy controlling the planets. Well, kind of. “Most of my time is spent being the Assistant Planetarium Director of the Brown Planetarium at Ball State University – the largest planetarium in Indiana – and being the Technology Chair for the Great Lakes Planetarium Association’s Executive Committee.” When she’s not doing that, she spends time with her husband, cats and Netflix.

Cosmo is a dedicated skater, and often comes to practice early to work on her own and focus on what she wants to get out of each practice. “I usually think about what things I want to work on for the day: foot work, communication, breathing…” She is inspired by her team mates and with their encouragement and insight, she continues to get even better every day. “I love the passionate, strong people that make up the entire roller derby community. Their motivation keeps mine strong.”

Cornfed’s motivation this season is higher than ever. On April 3rd, the Cornfed Derby Dame Muncie Missfits take on The Circle City Party Crashers at Gibson Arena. This is part of Cornfed’s second double-header, with the All-stars playing right after against the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade. Doors open at 3pm and 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), which is a crazy good deal for two bouts! Don’t space this event, come see Cosmo in action!


Featured Skater: Breckin U Down #53

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Valentine’s Day may be over, but seasoned skater Breckin U down is still breckin hearts on the track! Breckin is a derby machine-she works, eats, skates, sleeps…and repeat. Of course, she also spends time with her pup, Luna. As one of Cornfed’s original members, Breckin has been there through it all as the team formed, had our first bout in 2011, and now is big and bad enough to have our first ever B team.

Breckin is a chartered skater, but is excited to be working with the B team as well. It’s no secret that derby is just a tiny bit complicated at times, but Breckin is always there with an easy smile and sage advice. “Being on the charter is amazing, but I am honored to get to skate with the B-team too! I love the excitement and fearlessness new skaters have. Celebrating the tiny victories that come along with a newer skater’s first scrimmage, bout, or the first time something clicks is the best thing.”

Like so many of us, Breckin’s passion for roller derby started by attending a bout! She saw the Naptown Roller girls play a few times before a founding member of Cornfed, Bobbi Pin, approached her about starting a league…and the rest is history! Cornfed has come a long, long way since season one, and we’re only getting warmed up. “This season I’m looking forward to seeing how far CFDD can grow through focus and teamwork. The charter will go to their very first tournament and having a new B team is pretty exciting!”

So what’s kept Breckin skating for 6 years? “My teammates and the community you inherit just by sharing the same passion for the sport.” As a Cornfed vet, Breckin has made so many important relationships in the derby world. From visiting skaters to neighboring teams, fresh meat babes, and her seasoned teammates, it’s safe to say Breckin has made an impact on everyone.

Come see her make a different kind of impact in Cornfed’s first bout of the season against the Derby City Roller girls on February   Doors open at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. start time at Gibson Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. This shindig will be Cornfed’s first EVER double header versus Derby City’s A & B teams. All this fun is at the low price of $10 per person at the door or $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. Chirp chirp? What’s that? It’s only $5 for college students who bring their school ID! Plus, children ages 10 and younger are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Season 6 Bout Schedule!

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Muncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames have spent the last four months preparing for their sixth season. In 2015 Cornfed climbed 83 spots in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings and this year they’re hoping to go further. The dames have added a “B Team” to better accommodate and train upcoming skaters; also enabling all home bouts in 2016 to be double headers.

The first home bout of season six will be Sunday, February 28 at Gibson Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. Doors open at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. start time. The dames will take on the Derby City Roller Girls of Louisville, KY in a double header versus their A & B teams.

Season six home games are as follows:

  • Sunday, February 28: Cornfed A Team vs. the Derby City Rollergirls of Louisville, KY
    Cornfed B Team vs. the Derby City Rollergirls’ Bourbon Brawlers of Louisville, KY
  • Sunday, April 3: Cornfed A Team vs. the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade of Chicago, IL
    Cornfed B Team vs. the Circle City Derby Girls’ Party Crashers of Indianapolis, IN
  • Sunday, June 12: Cornfed A Team vs. the Gem City Rollergirls Purple Reign of Dayton, OH
    Cornfed B Team vs. A-Town Roller Derby of Anderson, IN
  • Saturday, July 9: Cornfed A Team vs. the Naptown Roller Girls’ Warning Belles of Indianapolis, IN
    Cornfed B Team vs. the Naptown Roller Girls’ Third Alarm of Indianapolis, IN

Bouts are still just $10 per person at the door 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 younger 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 at Big Shots Pub, 700 S. Nichols St., will follow each home game. A portion of all bout proceeds will benefit a local charitable organization.

In addition to their four home games, Cornfed will travel to Akron, OH on May 21 to take on NEO Roller Derby. The dames will also participate in their first tournament, “K-Town Shakedown,” on April 29 through May 1 in Kalamazoo, MI. Due to the high costs of travel and lodging the dames are accepting donations from fans here.

Featured Skater- Bona Petite #789

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Good things come in small packages, and Bona Petite is no exception to that rule. As a student at Ball State, a member of Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, and a regular show stopper in Rocky Horror Picture Show Bona is a force to be reckoned with- and that’s just off the track. Her name- a reference to her tiny frame and ability to “eat like a garbage disposal”- is no joke. When Bona laces up her skates she’s unpredictable with hits, jukes, and speed, eating up the track- bon appetit! Bona may be a newer skater, but she has passion for her team that started a long time ago. “My mom got me into roller derby back when I was in high school. We used to watch bouts together on weekends and I was always amazed by the sport.I fell in love with this sport in a heartbeat. I continued to watch it as I got older, then finally when I got to college, I had the opportunity to join a team that I had known for years, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Bona has worked hard since she started about 10 months ago, and her skill and determination as a skater has changed and improved since she started. “I have to tell myself that it is ok to fall. Sometimes it can be discouraging to get knocked down, which happens to me more than not, but it just means that you’re trying new things. When I am lacing up my skates, I have to convince myself that when I fall, I just have to get back up and try that jump, that hit, that transition just one more time, and eventually I will get it. Also I have to tell myself that you have to celebrate the little victories when they happen.”

Bona is known on the team not only for her crazy tights (her most famous pair is completely printed with ears of corn) but also for her fierce, sharp and acute hits. We’ve got the bruises to prove it, people. But the violence isn’t what keeps Bona coming back to the track. “The thing I love most about roller derby is the people. The people from our own team, people from other teams, the refs, NSO’s, and all of the fans, everyone who has involved themselves into this sport has made it a culture. When we are on the track, we may just be numbers and colors, but after practices and bouts, we all hang out! In the end, it really doesn’t matter what team you are on, we all care about each other because it is more than just a sport. I have made so many friends through roller derby and it has truly been an incredible experience.” That might sound like rainbows and sunshine kids, but watch out, Bona is like a sour patch rollergirl; first she’s sweet, then she’s sour.

See for yourself on Saturday January 30, when Bona will be lacing up her cupcake-adorned skates with the Dames to take on the Fort Wayne Derby Girls in a scrimmage at the Gibson’s Skating Arena at 10am. This event is free of charge, however there is a $5 suggested donation. Come grab a suicide seat and find out what Bona Petite is made of!

New Skater Clinic!

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Have you ever thought about getting involved with ROLLER DERBY? Now is your chance!

We are looking for new skaters, referees, volunteers, and NSO’s to join us in our 6TH SEASON of flat track roller derby! To help you get your feet (er, skates?) wet before our season begins, we’re hosting a clinic to give you the opportunity to ask questions, meet our staff and skaters, and learn a few basic skating skills used in the sport of roller derby!

No prior skating or roller derby experience necessary! We will teach you everything you need to know to be the most effective and safe skater you can be.


Where: Gibson Skating Arena in Muncie
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Time: Registration begins at 2:30 p.m., Clinic runs from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 (CASH ONLY)

Some of our super generous skaters will be loaning their gear out for the day. If you don’t have your gear by clinic day, no worries! We can help you out. Just give us a heads up when you pre-register.

Required Equipment:

Mouth Guard – You will NOT be able to borrow a mouth guard. Please make sure you purchase your own. These can be found at any sporting goods store and are very affordable.
Elbow Pads
Knee Pads
Wrist Guards
Quad Skates – These will be available to rent.
Water Bottle
Photo ID (Must be 18 years or older!)

For more details and to PRE-REGISTER, please e-mail


Rookie Year with Cornfed

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1534830_829037103802915_2382174924876790864_oWith passion in my eyes and skates on my feet, I started at the Cornfed Derby Dames (CFDD) fresh meat clinic in September of 2014.  I had skated a different type of derby before but wasn’t prepared to play WFTDA style, so I thought.  All us fresh meat started from the basics and got derby 101 from the ground level up.  It was a great way to strip all the renegade (illegal) moves out of my mind and start fresh.  After the clinic we started regular testing/practices and boy oh boy was it intimidating.  Going into this new derby and meeting a bunch of amazing skaters whom I had been watching play for the past 4 years was kind of, well let’s just say I had a roller-coaster of nerves in my belly.  My mind was blown that I was on the floor with skaters that were way above my skill level.

After all the testing, it was time to see if I made the charter and to my surprise I actually made it, and not only that, I rostered for our first bout of the season.  I will admit it was so scary, my knees were shaking so bad I could barely skate but I did it!!!

Now, I have come to the last home bout of my rookie season with CFDD, having rostered for every bout thus far, and getting to hit our home track one last time this season with these amazing teammates of mine.

CFDD will be taking on the Vette City Vixens Saturday July 11 at 7 p.m. for our last home bout of season 5.  Come out to Gibson Skating Arena and cheer us to another victory and help me end my rookie season with a BANG! Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door, with kids 10 and under free.

Don’t forget our furry friends!  A portion of our proceeds are donated to ARF (animal rescue fund) and we will also be collecting donation items.  Please consider donating: dish washing liquid, laundry soap, any kind of dog chew toys, treats, catnip, dog or cat collars. Don’t miss  your last chance to see CFDD on our home turf this season!


–fOWL Play

CFDD Takes on the South Bend Roller Girls

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CFDD warm upThe wise and fabulous Leslie Knope once said, “I guess some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies.” If you’re not one of those people and you love powerful depictions of awesome ladies, then you need to come to the Cornfed Derby Dames bout against South Bend Sunday June 28th. Roller derby is insanely fun to watch, even if you have no idea what’s going on. I’ve been skating with the dames for about three months and I’ve learned a lot, but when it comes to understanding the actual game of roller derby, you can call me John Snow, because I know nothing. So, don’t be scared away because you don’t know all the rules and positions of derby. The basics are pretty easy to understand, and are printed in basically every program. The rules and strategy aren’t what’s so fun about derby anyway. What’s really cool is the culture that comes with roller derby. The skill that the skaters have accumulated. The punny and memorable derby names that get you thinking about what your own tough derby name would be. The teamwork and dedication the skaters have. It’s all about sportsmanship, helping the community, and growing as people. The proceeds from the bout help support ARF and all the other ways the Dames volunteer in the community.

There have been so many times at practice I have seen the more experienced skaters doing moves and have thought to myself “I’ll never be able to do that.” But with time and help from the team, I’ve learned to do it and it’s felt amazing! There’s nothing better than realizing that with enough perseverance, you can do anything you put your mind to, and that is such a great lesson to learn. Especially for kids. Did I mention kids get into the bout for free with the purchase of an adult ticket? Everyone should see a derby bout at least once in their lives and this is your time! Head down to Gibson Skating Arena Sunday, June 28th. The doors open at 3pm and the bout starts at 4. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if you pre sale them through Brown Paper Tickets or get them from one of the Dames!

— Janice Droplin

What’s in a name?

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Avery LaRuthless

Picking a roller derby name is something that most people are excited to do. They get to let their creativity flow and are able to create a new name that everyone will soon know. This is also one of the easiest things for someone to come up with. Unless you’re like me. I dreaded the day that I had to choose my name. I am one of the most indecisive and uncreative people alive. I didn’t want to pick out a name, then decide a year or two later I didn’t like it anymore and change it. And I just really enjoy my name already, so I liked being called it.

Picking a name was one of the hardest things I had to do. I asked for advice and thought about it for months. At first I thought I was going to be Biscuits & Gravery. It was a play on my name, so I enjoyed it. Plus, I love biscuits and gravy. But then I decided that I didn’t think I would like being called Biscuit, or really Gravery for that matter. Then my sister came up with Tina TurntUp. I really liked this one. It was fun and Tina Turner is fun to sing along to. I never saw myself as a Tina, but I was going to stick with it. Then one night when I was taking a shower I thought of a new name. Avery LaRuthless. This one was my favorite. It just came to me out of nowhere.  With this one, I would be able to be called by my name and it was a play on my middle name, LaRue. I asked my mom for her advice on it, as well as my sister. They both liked it, so I decided on that one.

So Avery LaRuthless is my official derby name, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, it’s not the most creative, but creativity is not a strong trait of mine. It was a long journey to get to a simple name, it was worth it in the end. And no one has to learn a new name for me, so that’s a plus too.


— Avery LaRuthless

We’re turning 5!

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Help CFDD celebrate 5 years of hard hits, big wins, bumps and bruises at our Birthday Bash!

We’re celebrating 5 years with a skating party and YOU are invited. The evening will feature open skating with your favorite derby dames, door prizes, a silent auction and MUCH MORE!

Check out the event Facebook page!

Admission $3
Skate rental $2
Gibson Skating Arena, 2610 S Mock Ave, Muncie, Indiana 47302
All ages are welcome!


A special THANK YOU to these businesses and organizations for donating items to our silent auction:


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CFDD the early days: Attending an open skate at Gibson Skating Arena.