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.

Featured Skater: Rogue Miss-ile

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait, it’s a Rogue Miss-ile! Rogue came to Cornfed in January of 2016, and has worked hard to hone in on her skills as a dynamic player. Comfortable with the star, the stripe and the captain’s C, Rogue is an incredible asset to the All-Stars and the Muncie Missfits. “The Missfits’ first bout this season against Derby City is by far my favorite moment, of the season, albeit a long moment. I was Captain which was a great experience. I got to play with a lot of Dames, many who had just started this season, in this first bout. We all did so well and even though we lost, we played a very hard team and didn’t let them run away with it. We held our own, it was like we were saying ‘we are here, we are strong, don’t underestimate us!’”

Underestimating Rogue on the track would be a big mistake, but off the track, Rogue is the one doing the estimating in class as a student in Ball State University’s accounting program. CFDD knows we can count on her. She also works at a doggie daycare, controlling a whole different kind of pack. Rogue stays busy, but she always has time for sports that involve things going around a track. “When I’m not working, studying, or playing derby (which is rare), I’m hanging out with my own dogs, probably drinking a beer and watching NASCAR with my husband.”

Rogue knew she was going to be in derby for the long haul when she finally bought her very first pair of roller skates. “Buying my own skates is probably my favorite memory. It was that moment that I knew I committing to doing derby, skates aren’t cheap! They were mine, and I will never forget how excited I was. A little over year later, after a few upgrades,
I still love my skates.”

Roller derby has been life changing for Rogue and has enabled her to meet her CFDD family. Even though she says it was terrifying at first, Rogue has embraced her strength and developed her skills – and she’s not stopping anytime soon. “I love how challenging derby is, both physically and mentally. We all push ourselves so hard every practice and every bout, and I love how much we support and challenge each other to keep going. It keeps my body and mind strong.”

On bout day, Rogue has the unique experience of playing for both the Missfits and the All-Stars.  She is a beast powering through not one, but two bouts.  She gets through it with determination, and a little help from her teammates. “When I play with The Missfits I love hearing the All-Stars cheering for us, it’s empowering.”

 But what is her favorite part of a bout? “The crowd! It is so fun to get to have fans that care about us.” See Rogue Miss-ile in action on Sunday, April 2nd  at Gibson Skating Arena – 2610 S. Mock Ave. The CFDD All-Stars will take on Gem City Roller Derby (Dayton, OH) and the Muncie Missfits will play A-Town Roller Derby (Anderson, IN). Rogue will be taking on both!

Doors open for the double header at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time for the All-Stars game, the Missfits will play second at approximately 4 p.m. 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.

Join us for the official after party at Twin Archer Brewpub! You do not want to miss(ile) this!

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.

From Skating to Coaching: U.S. Amee & Breckin U. Down

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U.S. Amee (left) and Breckin U. Down (right) prepare for a bout at the start of Cornfed’s 4th Season.

If you just discovered the Cornfed Derby Dames, you might not know that last year was the inaugural season for the Muncie Missfits, Cornfed’s B Team. The increasing number of active skaters in the league and the addition of a second team has brought the need for an expanded coaching staff specifically focused on training and nurturing the Missfits.

Two Cornfed veterans stepped up to the line this season to take on new roles as coaches for the Missfits.  U.S. Amee serves as the Missfits’ Co-Head Coach with Emily Daly and Breckin U. Down serves as the Bench Coach. This is the first time either Amee or Breckin have taken on a coaching role, but both have been integral parts of Cornfed for many years, making them great resources to the MissfitsGet to know Amee and Breckin just a bit more by reading about their history with the sport and their motivations and inspirations as newly appointed coaches.

U.S. Amee

How long have you been playing Derby? How did you get involved?

AMEE: I started Season 3, so this is my 5th season! I was introduced to derby by a friend who went to Naptown bouts. I went with her and fell in love! I finally got the nerve to play myself when I was asked by Leia Mout if I thought about playing! I was so nervous to go outside my comfort zone, but I had grown up at Gibson’s Skating rink and loved being on my skates, so I thought…why not?

BRECKIN: Since CFDD day 1. Spring 2010. One of the founders told me they were starting a team in Muncie. I had been watching Naptown for a couple years.

What motivated you to decide to try your hand at coaching?

AMEE: I want to share the knowledge I have with all the babies! If I can help mold a player in anyway, that is my way of giving back to the sport and to all the many people who have taught me this awesome sport! I want nothing more than for all the B babes to have the most confidence in themselves! They are all capable of amazing things!

BRECKIN: As a captain for the MissFits last year, I really enjoyed the energy of new skaters and helping teach them the rules and the skills. I saw Bench Coach this season as a way to further help them become the future of Cornfed.

Breckin U. Down

What do you see as the biggest challenge in coaching versus playing?

AMEE: Well, this season I am coaching the B team and playing on the A team all at once. I think this will be the biggest challenge. I want to improve myself and make a great contribution to the A team, but at the same time, I want to be able to give the Misfits 100%! They deserve nothing less!

BRECKIN: I think learning each skater’s strengths and weaknesses. Then to pair them with the best possible pack to provide what we need on the track at that time.

What are you looking forward to the most this season with CFDD?

AMEE: I am looking forward to so many things! I can’t wait to see how our rankings go up this season! We have set some goals that I can’t wait to see achieved! Also, I love watching people improve and get better, and push each other to the max!

BRECKIN: To see how high the All-Stars can get in our ranking. And to watch the MissFits find their rhythm and shine. There are a bunch of new faces. I can’t wait for the fans to see what they can do.

Where do you go to get inspiration to bring to CFDD players?

AMEE: I spend a lot of time watching higher-level teams–our idols! The more derby we all watch the more we can bring to the team!

BRECKIN: I go to practice. We are our best motivators and support system. We all want to be successful and we drive each other to it.

What’s your favorite quote?

AMEE: Sorry I have two. “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” -Francis Bellamy
“We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you’re going to leave; leave your legacy!” -Ray Lewis

BRECKIN:Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul. No regrets.”

Anything else you’d like to share with CFDD Fans?

AMEE: Thank you, thank you, thank you for being the most awesome fans ever! ! ♡ from U.S. Amee

BRECKIN: The All-Stars are looking better than ever. The future All-Stars taking the track as MissFits are working hard to learn the ropes. You do not want to miss Lucky Season 7!

See these two in action as All-Stars skaters and Missfits coaches on Sunday, March 12 as Cornfed takes on Ann Arbor Roller Derby’s Arbor Bruising Co. and the Ypsilanti Vigilantes. Tickets are available online for $10 here, or $12 on game day at the door.

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.

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!