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Why you should be at CFDD’s New Skater Clinic

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Trying something new can be scary. Taking that first step into the unknown can be a daunting thing. If you’re considering coming to the New Skater Clinic on Sunday, you might be feeling anxious about it, and second guessing yourself. Just know that you’re not alone. This time last year a group of people were in your same position, and now they’re going to start Season 9 no longer the new kids on the block, but as seasoned skaters. Last year’s new skaters were recently asked some questions about their experiences at last year’s New Skater Clinic, the Bootcamp that follows, and being a member of the Cornfed Derby Dames. Here is what they had to say.

Q. What made you interested in going to the New Skater Clinic?

I’ve always loved being on skates, and had an interest in roller derby but knew NOTHING about it! I thought the clinic would be a good way to learn a little more and get introduced to the sport and the team.” -Slayer Swift

I wanted to find a tribe of people who were athletic and passionate.” -Sam U. Fine

Been interested in derby since I first saw a bout in 2011. It was a goal of mine to learn to play derby.” -Maven O’Moxie

Q. How did you feel when you walked into Gibson’s for the Clinic?

“Terrified, nervous and excited! I felt like I was possibly getting in over my head. I hadn’t been on skates for about 20 years. I was so afraid I was going to hurt myself or DIE! LOL!” -Maven O’Moxie

I felt so many emotions, I was scared, nervous, excited, intrigued, all of it! But I remember feeling welcomed over all of that! All of the Dames were genuinely excited for the new skaters to be there, and were super helpful and patient!” -Slayer Swift

Terrified, nervous and excited! I felt like I was possibly getting in over my head. I hadn’t been on skates for about 20 years. I was so afraid I was going to hurt myself or DIE! LOL!” -Maven O’Moxie

I was super nervous because I didn’t really know anyone but Marie [Fury] and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.” -Grim Trigger

Q. How did the Clinic go last year? What was your experience or feelings during the Clinic?

The clinic was AWESOME! The coaches were so encouraging and VERY patient with everyone. I loved getting to know the other clinic mates. We were ‘all in it together’ and that alone was motivating and, I believe, helped everyone feel less nervous.” -Maven O’Moxie

Unfortunately, I was injured and unable to skate at the clinic, but I still had a lot of fun watching the other newbies learn and getting to learn about how skating and derby work. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to fit in with the group or that I wouldn’t be accepted but I thought I’d still give it a shot.” -Grim Trigger

It went well. Everyone was encouraging and supportive even though I was a terrible skater.” -Hug-o-War

Q. What was your first impression of the Cornfed Derby Dames during the New Skater Clinic and/or Bootcamp (three weeks of practices following the New Skater Clinic where the new skaters continue to learn basic derby skills before the entire league starts practices in October).

Everyone was helpful and patient. If I didn’t understand something, they found a way to explain it so I would. Or, if I didn’t get it the first time, it was OK! Nobody ever made me feel stupid because I couldn’t do anything. They were also very encouraging, so when I couldn’t do it, they would continue cheering me on time after time!” -Slayer Swift

They are badass women! They weren’t scary or intimating at all. Everyone was very willing to help with techniques and answer any questions.” -Maven O’Moxie

A little intimidating at first, but super knowledgeable, and willing to help.” -Hug-o-War

“That derby is for all shapes and sizes and no matter your path, derby has a place for you.” -Sam U. Fine

Q. How was your experience during last year’s bootcamp?

I was terrified of bootcamp. I have never been athletic in my life so I was sure I would die! It was not nearly as bad as I thought, it was a workout for sure, but it was fun! It was also a great way to start learning and practicing the basics (falling, getting up, stopping, etc). I would encourage anyone who has any slight interest in roller derby to attend the bootcamp!” -Slayer Swift

I learned so much! I had a wonderful experience that enticed me to stick with derby and see what I can do if I don’t quit.” -Maven O’Moxie

Really positive. I felt that the boot camp helped me enough that I wasn’t so nervous skating with more people on the track, and was able to work on skills to be a better skater.” -Hug-o-War

Q. What have you learned in the past year as a member of the Cornfed Derby Dames?

I have learned that I am stronger than I think. Things I thought were impossible to do are actually possible, and I am doing them!” -Slayer Swift

That derby is for all shapes and sizes and no matter your path, derby has a place for you.” -Sam U. Fine

I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned to trust myself and my body more. I’ve learned to skate better than I imagined I could and have even started learning more strategy.” -Grim Trigger

Q. What is your favorite aspect of being a part of the Cornfed Derby Dames?

This team is a family. Even as a super shy and quiet person who keeps to herself, it is easy to make friends and feel like a part of the team. I also love that when I am struggling with a particular skill or drill, there is no hesitation from other teammates to jump in and help!” -Slayer Swift

I love the community. I’ve made so many great friends through derby and I’m so grateful for that. Additionally, we give back to the greater Muncie community through volunteering and donations, which makes our derby community feel even bigger.” -Grim Trigger

How much every member of the team is valuable to the overall success of Cornfed.” -Maven O’Moxie

“It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone more; it’s a rewarding experience to see how far you can really go.” -Carpe Jugulum

Q. Has your life changed or improved in the past year by being a part of the Cornfed Derby Dames? If so, how?

As a mom and a wife with a full time job, I rarely take time to do anything for myself. Joining the Cornfed Derby Dames was a huge step out of my comfort zone. It was also one of the best decisions I made. I have been surrounded by so many amazing talented women from all different walks of life. It has also encouraged me to become a physically healthier person, as I eat better and exercise to be prepared for derby!” -Slayer Swift

My life has improved a ton. I’m more active and motivated. My mental health is better when I’m skating regularly, which is a big deal for me. And I have more connections and friends around Muncie.” -Grim Trigger

It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone more; it’s a rewarding experience to see how far you can really go.” -Carpe Jugulum

Q. What would you say to someone who is considering coming to the New Skater Clinic this year but is uncertain?

DO IT!! You never know what you’re capable of until you give it a shot. Everyone is kind, supportive and helpful… There’s nothing to be afraid of.” -Maven O’Moxie

Do it!!!!!! Join us!!!!! Also I think a common misconception is that newbies start hitting each other right out of the gates. That’s definitely not how this works, so if you’re worried about that then know that your safety is our priority and we will only have you start hitting when we know you’re ready (probably at /least/ a month in). So now you have no excuse and you have to come!!” -Grim Trigger

I would tell someone to go for it! You never know if you will find something that you love, and everyone on the team who is at the clinic is nice and supportive and won’t laugh at you even if you are a terrible skater.” -Hug-o-War

This year’s New Skater Clinic will be held at Gibson’s Skating Arena on Sunday, September 9, 2018, from 3-6pm. For more information, including how to register to participate, click here to visit the Facebook event page. 

Season 8’s rookie skaters.

New Skater Clinic

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The Cornfed Derby Dames are excited to begin their ninth season this fall and are starting the season off with a New Skater Clinic on Sunday, September 9 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 anyone 18 years or older interested in playing roller derby, becoming a referee or non-skating official. 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 Cornfed but each participant must provide their own mouth guard.

The clinic is just $10 to attend and does not require any long-term league commitment. If you do choose to join the league, a three-week boot camp will follow the clinic and expand on skating skills before league practices resume in October. Pre-registration is required, to register fill the form at https://tinyurl.com/ybn3nvss. If you have any additional questions about the clinic or borrowing gear email cfddrecruitment@gmail.com.

Smalltown Smackdown

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will host the first ever Smalltown Smackdown roller derby tournament on Sunday, June 24 at Gibson’s Skating Arena. This all day event will kick off at 9 a.m. with the final game starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Smalltown Smackdown: Cornament of Champions will feature Cornfed’s Muncie Missfits, Derby City Roller Girls’ Bourbon Brawlers of Louisville, KY,Fort Wayne Derby Girls’ SWAT Team, Gem City Roller Derby‘s Violet Femmes of Dayton, OH, and the South Bend Roller Derby’s Studebreakers.

The tournament will take place at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. Doors will open for the first game at 8:30 a.m. but fans are welcome to arrive throughout the day. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per person until 3 p.m. when tickets will be reduced to $12 per person. College students, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, and EMT’s are just $15 with an ID or $10 after 3 p.m. Children 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children). Volunteers are needed for the event, if you are interested in helping please reach out to Cornfed at cornfeddd@gmail.com.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. A portion of all bout proceeds in 2018 will be donated to A Better Way Services, Inc.. This will be the final home event for the Cornfed Derby Dames Season 8. Information about recruitment events, clinics, boot camps, and scrimmages will be available in the fall.

Cornfed Announces Season 8 Dates!

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Muncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames are gearing up for an action packed eighth season beginning in February. In 2017, Cornfed represented Muncie in many home and away games and tournaments throughout the Midwest. The team is now ranked 123 out of 339 international roller derby leagues in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The Cornfed All-Stars and Muncie Missfits now make up a league of over 40 active members.

The first home bout of season seven will be Sunday, February 25 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 Naptown Roller Derby of Indianapolis, IN in a double header versus the Warning Belles and Third Alarm.

Season 8 home games are as follows:

  • Sunday, February 25: All-Stars vs. Naptown Roller Derby Warning Belles of Indianapolis, IN
    Muncie Missfits vs. Naptown Roller Derby Third Alarm of Indianapolis, IN
  • Sunday, March 25: All-Stars vs. Burning River Roller Derby All-Stars of Cleveland, OH
    Muncie Missfits vs. Burning River Roller Derby HazMat Crew of Cleveland, OH
  • Sunday, May 20: All-Stars vs. Twin City Derby Girls Evil Twins of Champaign, IL
    Muncie Missfits vs. Twin City Derby Girls Dead Ringers of Champaign, IL
  • Sunday, June 24: TBA

Admission is $12 per person at the door, $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, and EMT’s 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 2018 will be donated to A Better Way Services.

In addition to their four home games, Cornfed will travel to Roselle, IL to play the Dupage Derby Dames on March 10. The Cornfed All-Stars will participate in two tournaments this season: K-Town Shakedown from April 27-29 in Kalamazoo, MI and the Midwest BrewHaha from June 1-3 in Milwaukee, WI. 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.

New Skater Clinic

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We are excited to begin our eighth season this fall and are starting the season off with a New Skater Clinic on Sunday, September 10 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 anyone 18 years or older interested in playing roller derby, becoming a referee or non-skating official. 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 Cornfed but each participant must provide their own mouth guard.

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 three-week boot camp will follow the clinic and expand on skating skills before league practices resume in October. Pre-registration is required, to register fill out this form. If you have any additional questions about the clinic or borrowing gear email cfddrecruitment@gmail.com.

Season 7 Home Closer

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will conclude their seventh season at home on Saturday, July 8 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. Cornfed will host the Brewcity Bruisers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a double header versus their A and B teams. The Cornfed All-Stars will open the bout at 6 p.m. followed by the Muncie Missfits at approximately 8 p.m.

The theme of the bout will be “Throwback Throwdown” which will celebrate the eras that each of the skaters were born in. Skaters and attendees both are encouraged to come dressed in the popular style of the year they were born.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with tickets costing $12 per person the day of the game or $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.

Cornfed will host a New Skater Clinic during their off-season this fall. Keep an eye on cornfeddd.com for more information.

Season 7 – Bout 3

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The Cornfed Derby Dames suffered two hard losses against Ann Arbor Roller Derby’s Arbor Bruising Co. and Ypsilanti Vigilantes on Sunday, March 12. The team is looking to change their fate at their next home game on Sunday, April 2.

Cornfed will hold its third home game of the season on Sunday, April 2 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The team will host Gem City Roller Derby of Dayton, OH and A-Town Roller Derby of Anderson, IN for a double header. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time for the Cornfed All-Stars vs. Gem City’s Purple Reign followed by the Muncie Missfits vs. A-Town Roller Derby at approximately 4 p.m.

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.

One additional home date will take place on Saturday, July 8. 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.

Season 7 – Bout 2

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The Cornfed Derby Dames kicked off their seventh season with two very close games against the Derby City Rollergirls of Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, February 26. The Cornfed All-Stars skated away with an eight-point victory with the Muncie Missfits taking a narrow loss by 12 points.

Cornfed will hold its second home game of the season on Sunday, March 12 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The team will host Ann Arbor Roller Derby’s B and C teams for a double header. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time for the Muncie Missfits vs. the Ypsilanti Vigilantes followed by the Cornfed All-Stars vs. Arbor Bruising Co. at approximately 4 p.m.

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.

Two additional home dates will take place on Sunday, April 2 and Saturday, July 8. 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.

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.

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.