Smalltown Smackdown: Cornament of Champions!

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will host the second annual Smalltown Smackdown roller derby tournament on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. This two-day event will kick off at 8 a.m. on Saturday with seven games on Saturday lasting until 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s five games will begin at 9 a.m. with the championship game ending at 6:30 p.m.

The Smalltown Smackdown: Cornament of Champions will feature Cornfed’s Muncie Missfits, the Barbed Wire Betties All Stars (DeKalb, IL), The Dire Skates (Richmond, IN), Somer City Roller Derby (Somerset, KY), Naptown Roller Derby’s Third Alarm (Indianapolis, IN), Quad City Rollers (Eldridge, IA), Fort Wayne Derby Girls’ SWAT Team (Fort Wayne, IN), and MedCity Mafia Roller Derby (Rochester, MN).

The tournament will take place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 210 N Wheeling Ave. Fans are encouraged to come and go throughout the weekend. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per person for a weekend pass, $15 for Saturday only, or $12 for Sunday only. College students, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, and EMT’s are just $15 with an ID or $10 for one-day passes. 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.

Food trucks and local beer vendors will be onsite throughout the weekend with refreshments available at an additional cost. A portion of all bout proceeds in 2019 will be donated to Open Door Health Services. This will be the final home event of the Cornfed Derby Dames Season 9. Information about recruitment events, clinics, boot camps, and scrimmages will be available in the fall.

Featured Skater: ZiggyZig Ahh #911

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Ground Control to Major Tom, this week’s feature skater is the sassy, spooky and skilled Ziggyzig Ahh! Skating originally as Ziggy Starthrust, she swapped the name for a nod to her go-to karaoke song, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.

The spirit behind the David Bowie-themed moniker has not faded, however. You can easily spot Ziggy on the track by her signature and intricate makeup. Ziggy has sported a Bowie-esque lightning bolt, a full galaxy and other designs to accentuate her self-proclaimed “crazy eyes.”


This comes as no surprise, as Ziggy is a special effects make-up artist when she’s not on eight wheels and works at a company that makes Halloween masks and horror props. Ziggy says the act of putting together a bout day look is something that comes naturally to her and gets her in a good mindset to play.

“I love bout make up. I know some people think it takes away from making derby feel like a “real sport” but I like that I can add my weird personality into my game. The theatrics of derby are part of what drew me to it. And the act of putting it on is a nice grounding ritual for me.”

Ziggy also preps for game day with a face mask and her favorite Spotify playlist, Witchy Woman. It’s no secret game day can be a whopper on your mental state, so Ziggy makes sure she’s prepared. Oh yeah, and she eats a Whopper at halftime to help with that.

“Before I get to the venue I HAVE to stop at Burger King and get a whopper. I save the whopper for half time of the second game and I eat it as my way to rally and finish the game strong.”

Ziggy is our Interleague Coordinator and part of CFDD’s Practice Committee and trains the team to work together and keep improving. She does this with drills, footwork exercises, hexes, spells and potions. Probably the most magical part is the attitude Ziggy instills in her teammates and in herself.

“Derby has taught me that I am stronger, physically and mentally, than I ever thought I could be. It has taught me to be more confident and encouraged me to step up and become a leader. Derby has helped me curb a lot of my anxiety.”


Spice up your life and come see Ziggy take the track this Saturday, May 18 at the Muncie Fairgrounds.

Bring a Whopper to chow down on at halftime and see Ziggy’s witchy wonders in person. Find out more about the event by clicking here.

Season 9 Bout #2

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will hold their second bout of Season 9 on Saturday, March 23 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in the Memorial Building. The CFDD All-Stars will take on Hoosier rivals Naptown Roller Derby’s Warning Belles of Indianapolis, Indiana and the Muncie Missfits will play Naptown’s Third Alarm.

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 $12 per person (cash or card) or $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. Veterans, college students, EMT, firefighters, and police 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).

CFDD merchandise will be available for purchase. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit Open Door Health Services.

February Featured Skater: #815 Muffin Top

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She likes the color purple, macaroni and cheese, ruby red slippers and a bunch of trees. Our featured skater this month is #815 Muffin Top.

It was the summer of 2008 when Muffin Top’s dreams came true: Drew Barrymore was in her town shooting a little movie we in the roller derby world know quite well. Muff snuck around roped-off areas of the city, catching glimpses of the filming before it was the legend we know and love today: Whip It. After that, Muff knew she wanted to play derby- she just had to move to a city that had a team.

Muffin Top came to Cornfed after getting her start with the Dubuque Bomb Squad, a small, non-WFTDA member league from Dubuque, Iowa.  Before lacing up with Cornfed in Season 8, she skated with the Bomb Squad for their 2015-2016 season.

Now a Cornfed All-Star, Muff dons the star, the stripe or goes without a panty! On the track she is quick with solid hit-outs, shoulder punches, and killer offense. Off the track, she is the only Dame to have a listing on IMDb (watch out, Drew), superior Harry Potter knowledge, and extensive baking experience.

She may look sweet, but Muff is one of the toughest skaters repping blue and black. That’s how she got the name Tough Muff. Just kidding, no one calls her that. What we do call her is a friend and a sister. When asked what keeps her lacing up her skates, Muff said:

Muffin Top doin her thing at CFDD’s recent bout vs Kalamazoo. Photo courtesy of Shutterup Photography

“I keep coming back to derby for the siblinghood and the empowerment.  Before derby, I was too insecure to walk out of my bedroom in a tank top.  The positive body image I’ve gained is profoundly empowering, from feeling comfortable sleeveless to feeling comfortable in my own skin.  The camaraderie, membership, and support system is unparalleled.  I really love being part of a team.”

This Valentine’s Day, let Muff worm her way into your heart. Literally, she does an amazing worm and even does the splits on special occasions…or really even just on mediocre occasions to be honest.

But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself this Saturday, February 9th at Cornfed’s Season Opener home game at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Connect to the event on Facebook or get tickets by clicking here. 

CFDD Season 9 Home Opener

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will hold their Season 9 home opener on Saturday, February 9 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in the Memorial Building. The CFDD All-Stars will take on Steel City Roller Derby‘s Steel Hurtin of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Muncie Missfits will play Fort Wayne Derby Girls‘ SWAT Team of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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 $12 per person (cash or card) or $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. Military, college students, EMT, firefighters, and police 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).

CFDD merchandise will be available for purchase. A portion of all bout proceeds this season will benefit Open Door Health Services.

Season tickets for all of CFDD’s home games and tournament are available until January 18 for just $40.

Why you should be at CFDD’s New Skater Clinic

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UPDATE!!! We are having our next New Skater Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 from 11am-1pm. If you missed our skater clinics, message us on Facebook to learn how you can join mid-season.

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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.

March is Officials Appreciation Month!

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“Black, 603, Forearm!”

“Black, 603, Direction!”

Team Zebra deep in a zebra conversation. Photo by Matt Ruddick

“Black, 603, Multiplayer!”

By now, I know most of the ref’s voices better than I know my own mother’s. But that’s ok! I know I can always count on Team Zebra to help my teammates and I play the safest game we can. Even though it’s sad when I have to skate off the track and spend some quality time with some of my favorite non-skating officials in the penalty box, I look forward to being able to ask questions and clean up my act for the next bout. Without our refs and NSOs, no one on Cornfed would be the skaters they are today.

Our Team Zebra regulars include Shotgun Mike, 5ft Assasin, Wes Slamderson, Carpe Jugulum, Nellie FlyBy, Bilbo Stabbins, Melody Mayhem and Richie Cranium. CFDD is also lucky enough to have other local refs make the trip to Muncie to call our bouts, which we always appreciate.

From left to right: Melody Mayhem, Wes Slamderson, Shotgun Mike and Carpe Jugulum Photo by Matt Ruddick

Roller derby can be a complicated, rough and challenging sport. Our rules are extensive and sometimes open to interpretation. The skaters in stripes help us play the sport we love by helping us to understand the rules and improve our game. Their time, money and dedication to roller derby is invaluable and something CFDD is so grateful for!

However, you don’t have to be on skates to part of the derby community. CFDD has several non-skating officials, or NSOs, that make sure bouts run smoothly. These folks are the backbone of derby, they do everything from timing penalties, timing jams, logging statistics, checking rosters and making sure everything is good to go for a successful bout or scrimmage. Our NSOs travel from all over to help out, and CFDD is lucky enough to have Bethly Hallows as our Head NSO as well as Tweety Bird, Fish n’ Whips, and Jean Koons’ smiling faces at every bout. A big shout out to Silken Tofu for years of amazing NSOing as well! NSOs are an integral part of roller derby and we value and appreciate every single one of them!

Our quality officials having quality time at Elm Street Brewing Co. From left to right: Tweety Bird, Shotgun Mike, Bethly Hallows, Melody Mayhem, Carpe Jugulum and Wes Slamderson. 

So, for Official’s month this March, make sure to hug your favorite ref or NSO – in a completely non biased way, of course!

 

Featured Skater: KarmaKazi #247

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Our All-Stars team has definitely been feeling the effects of having KarmaKazi play with Cornfed. Karma joined us this fall as a transfer, which she says was “a bit daunting, but Cornfed has welcomed [her] with warm open arms.” We’ve all been happy to get to know her fun personality, great attitude, and merciless hits. As a blocker, Karma reminds jammers that they’ll always get back what they dish out–and more.

KarmaKazi started skating in January 2015 with A-Town Roller Derby. She says that she fell in love with roller derby “immediately, even though [she] could barely skate!” Her skills have grown rapidly since then, and she gives credit for that to the supportive roller derby community, which she says is her favorite part of roller derby.

Many roller derby players choose their name based on people they admire, traits they have, or another activity they love. Karma chose her name for different reasons, though. She says that she “wholeheartedly believe[s] in Karma,” and wanted a name to reflect that. So she “added a little pun action and BOOM, there she was.” And, since Karma–the concept and the skater–can come for you at any time, her number is 24/7.

When Karma isn’t stopping jammers in their tracks, she works as an office assistant at Caregiver Homes in Indianapolis. She also works at Tangram, Inc. as needed as a Direct Service Provider, where she “provide[s] direct support and care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Karma also enjoys “reading, watching movies, and The Arts,” and spending time with her Dad and younger siblings–who have never missed one of her home games! 

When asked about how she’s feeling about Cornfed’s 8th season, Karma said that she’s “super stoked!”  She said that “It’s wonderful to be a part of such a talented, strong group of humans who push and support each other! I see great things happening, not only during this season, but many more to come!” We can definitely see Karma doing great things this season, too, as she pursues her goal of continuing to improve and pushing herself even harder. She even hinted at potentially getting back into jamming, which should scare any blockers that are going to play the All-Stars this season!

Make sure to come see KarmaKazi in action at Cornfed’s Season Opener against Naptown on February 25th at Gibson’s Skating Arena! Tickets are $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and $12 at the door. This doubleheader starts at 2 PM with the All-Stars versus the Warning Belles, later, the Missfits will play the Third Alarm. You won’t want to miss seeing Karma teach jammers that what goes around, comes around.