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!

Featured Coach- Danny Mac

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Photo by: Joe Mac

I first heard of Dan McGowan, aka Danny Mac, at Cornfed’s home bout vs. The Naptown Warning Belles back in July 2016. Danny came to Muncie to announce the bout and I distinctly remember how excited and passionate he sounded when announcing the game. He knew how to describe what was happening on the track in a way that was audience-friendly, and he had a genuine love for the sport in his voice.

Now, seven months later, he is the new head coach of the Cornfed Derby Dames. That same enthusiasm, passion, and love for roller derby has resonated with every Dame and has been instrumental in this new role.

Cornfed is super lucky and thrilled to be getting to know Danny Mac better, and we want you to as well! Read below about Danny’s transition from announcer to coach, his passions, and, of course, his resistance to calling helmet cover “panties.”

Where did you grow up? Cincinnati, Ohio

Who inspires you? My mom and dad, my smokin’ hot wife Lisa, and the CFDD players, coaching staff (shout out to Tommy Gunz, Emily, U.S. Amee and Breckin U Down) and Practice Committee (shout out to Breckin, fOWL Play, Frida Brawlo and J.J. Baberams).

What is your day job? I am the senior writer/reporter for Inside INdiana Business, a multimedia news outlet focusing on statewide business stories.

What drew you to roller derby? The intensity, comradery, and the idea that players pay to play and the organizations are run by dedicated volunteers.

How did you become a member of the derby community? I fell in love at first sight while attending the first Naptown Roller Derby bout in Indianapolis in 2007. My co-worker (Peyton Slamming of NRD fame) and I launched an audio podcast for the team soon after. It morphed into a live audio stream, then a one-camera video stream, and is now a full-blown multi-camera production.

How long have you been announcing? What do you like about it? I’ve been announcing roller derby since 2007, but I’ve announced many other sports at various levels since 2001. The best part is being able to enthusiastically tell the story of the sport to people throughout the world.

Danny, far left, standing with team at the start of Season 7

What has it been like transitioning from primarily announcing to coaching? I have always been in awe of the skills and magic displayed by players, but to take a more active role in how that transpires has ramped up my level of respect. These team members work their rear ends off day-to-day and I am just trying to do my best to stay anywhere near their level. Coaching has been one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever taken in my life, but it’s been terrific because of how much I love this organization. 

What is the most rewarding part of coaching? Getting a first-hand view of passionate, hard-working players as they accomplish things they had no idea they could. My jaw drops on an almost daily basis observing the dedication of Cornfed skaters.

What do you do when you’re not at practice? I work a lot (I actually love my job) and have a great group of family, friends and friendfamily with which to watch crappy movies, play board games (*snorts, pushes up glasses*), and search out great Indiana beers.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about being passionate. It sucks when people are negative or not that into things, so if I’m involved with an activity of any kind, I invest all that I can into it.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to become a skater, NSO, ref, volunteer, or coach? Show up and do the things that need to be done, but others aren’t doing/won’t do. There’s always a spot for those that work hard and display joy. 

And finally…

Where did your hatred of the word “panties” come from? Hatred is a strong word and, I think, a mischaracterization. I would say “immaturity” or “insecurity” with the word would be more accurate. My default maturity level is that of an 11-year-old, so I actively avoid the word (very commonly used to talk about helmet covers in roller derby) so as to not giggle like a fool. Go ahead… say the word out loud without laughing. I bet you can’t do it!

Come see Danny coach his first bout 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.

Season 7 Tickets – Season Pass

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Click here to get your Season 7 passes! 

Puzzling over the perfect present to get someone? Look no further! Cornfed Derby Dames Season 7 passes for 2017 are available now! No need to put on pants and go battle the crowds, you can purchase an entire season of action-packed derby right from your couch. At $40, that’s four bouts of awesome derby action for only $10 per bout, bouts will be $12 at the door this season. This is a great way to learn about derby, support your favorite skater, and see some explosive hits. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Passes are available now now through December 31, 2016!

Click here to get your Season 7 passes! 

 

 

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.

 

 

Featured Skater: U.S.Amee

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cfdd-26Happy holiday weekend, derbygoers! I’m sure a lot of you will be watching some great fireworks on the fourth, but this week’s featured skater is packing some much more impressive explosions! The passionately patriotic U.S.Amee is captain of Cornfed’s A team and acts as a mentor to many of our skaters. This star spangled skater may look sweet, but her signature move has sent many a skater clear across the arena. As many of us know, sending skaters sprawling from sea to shining sea isn’t a trick that just happens overnight. Amee is a self proclaimed rink rat, and practically grew up at Gibson’s Skating Arena. Being an experienced skater isn’t the only thing that has made Amee thrive. “I have done so many things out of my comfort zone–physically and mentally.” A huge part of her success is that she’s not afraid to jump wheels first out of that comfort zone. “I have always been quiet and shy and at first it was very hard for me to come out of that. I forced myself into taking leadership positions for CFDD to not only help the league, but to help myself grow as an individual.” She practices hard and plans drills that challenge and foster each skater’s individual ability. “Leading practices is so hard for me! The thought of talking in front of so many awesome skaters is so overwhelming! But with the support of each and every one of them, I get through it.” Amee is constantly trying new things, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing and trying again-but she’s always laughing and pushing herself to the limit. 10608764_829036917136267_6450593113574618873_o

With her hard hits, fancy footwork, and booty blocks, it’s easy to see why derby loves Amee. But what does Amee love most about derby? “What I love most about derby is a hard one! So many great things about this sport! From getting in shape, being on my skates (that I like more than shoes), to the fact that this sport accepts any and every one! It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how you chose to live your life! There is always a place for everyone! But…ultimately, what I love most about derby is all of the friends I have met along the way that I now consider family! I don’t know what I would do without them!”

 When she’s not speeding around the track, Amee is speeding around after two well known pranksters. “When I’m not on skates, I am a momma of two rotten boys! They are my world! We spend a lot of time at the ball field watching them become awesome athletes!” Between baseball games and her husband’s football games, Amee isn’t unfamiliar with the risk of injury in sports. One of the most frequent questions derby girls get asked by friends and family is usually along the lines of “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get hurt?” or “Yeah, throw some elbows! Break some teeth!” Obviously the actions in the second question are mostly prevented by rules, but accidents in derby do happen and injuries can be super scary. Roller derby is such a fun, crazy, amazing sport, and Amee isn’t intimidated by the risk. “To feel what I feel on the track, with so many awesome people, absolutely outweighs the thought of getting hurt by a million! I may get into my older years, not being able to walk because of my “roller derby knees” but man, the stories I will be able to tell!!!” Amee

Come be a part of those stories and see Amee make people red, white and bruised on Saturday June 9th as the Cornfed All Stars take on Naptown’s Warning Belles in the last bout of Season 6. Amee has also been a huge part of encouraging and teaching Cornfed’s B team, the Missfits, who will play Naptown’s Third Alarm. “My favorite moments this season have been watching our B team’s first season unfold and watching each of those B.A girls kill it and grow!! Makes my momma heart just melt!!” Get your heart melted too! Come down to Gibson’s and help U.S.Amee Make America Skate Again! 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 ForGirls ByGirls.

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.

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!

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(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!