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!

Third Home Bout of Season 6 on June 12

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The Cornfed Derby Dames (CFDD) are on a winning streak after defeating two teams at home and making some impressive wins at the K-town Shakedown tournament. Next up for the Dames is a doubleheader Sunday, June 12 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. The CFDD All-Stars will take on the Gem City Rollergirls (Dayton) and the Muncie Missfits will be playing A-town Roller Derby (Anderson).

Doors open for the double header at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time. 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.

K-Town Shakedown Recap

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The Cornfed Derby Dames competed in their first tournament ever from April 29 to May 1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tournament named, “K-Town Shakedown,” invited 23 women’s and men’s flat track roller derby teams from all over North America to compete.13072772_1124252294281393_8274399431152855330_o

The Dames played in three games throughout the weekend versus North Texas Roller Derby (Denton, TX), Border City Brawlers (Windsor, ON, Canada), and Dupage Derby Dames (Roselle, IL). In the first game North Texas took the win with a nail-biting final score of 171 to the Dames’ 170. In game two the Dames came out on top of Border City 302 to 114. Lastly, in their toughest game of the weekend, the Dames pulled out a win against Dupage 198 to 172.

13072654_1125621280811161_595976963030501685_oThe Dames want to thank their fans and the Muncie community as a whole for their continued support of the league over the past six years. The next chance to see the Dames in action is Sunday, June 12 at Gibson’s Skating Arena. The Cornfed Derby Dames All-Stars will take on the Gem City Rollergirls of Dayton, Ohio at 2 p.m. Following the first game, the Cornfed Derby Dames Muncie Missfits will play A-Town Roller Derby of Anderson, Indiana.

Featured Skater: Cosmo Pain

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cornfed’s motivation this season is higher than ever. On April 3rd, the Cornfed Derby Dame Muncie Missfits take on The Circle City Party Crashers at Gibson Arena. This is part of Cornfed’s second double-header, with the All-stars playing right after against the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade. Doors open at 3pm and tickets at the door are $10 per person or $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students are just $5 with an ID and children ages 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children), which is a crazy good deal for two bouts! Don’t space this event, come see Cosmo in action!

 

Dames & Paints Fundraising Event

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12422172_10207085794761094_1129853330_oMuncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames will be attending their first tournament ever this season. While this is an exciting opportunity, it’s also very expensive. Between the high cost of registration fees, gas money, hotel bills, and food, the Dames are left scrounging for the funds to make this dream a reality. Here’s your chance to help out while having fun!

On Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Dames will host a “Dames & Paints” workshop at The Fickle Peach in Downtown Muncie. This popular workshop presented by Cornerstone Center for the Arts will cost just $35 per person and will include one pint of craft beer or a glass of wine. The evening’s featured painting design, pictured above, was inspired by Cornfed’s own “Rosie” logo, but other roller derby designs will be available to paint as well.

The Dames will be on hand for meet and greets with fans or even to sign autographs! Exclusive Cornfed Derby Dames merchandise will also be available for purchase that evening. To sign up for the event email cornfeddd@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required, payments will be due the evening of the event in the form of cash, check, or card.

Don’t miss the Dames in action at their next home bout on Sunday, April 3. The All-Stars will take on Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade followed by the Muncie Missfits versus the Circle City Derby Girls Party Crashers. Tickets for the bout are available through any Cornfed Derby Dame, online at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door the day of the event. For more information about the Dames’ upcoming games click here.

Featured Skater: Juke Skyblocker

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cfdd-9The Force is strong with this one, folks! When Juke Skyblocker first started skating, the Cornfed Derby Dames didn’t even have a home rink yet. “We were about 20 girls in booty shorts skating laps in a church sanctuary that really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.” She’s not kidding about the booty shorts. There are pictures. Through hard work, determination, and a little help from Ibuprofen, Juke stuck with it and became an all-star skater who is an invaluable asset to her team. Since the church days, Cornfed has propelled our way up through the rankings, and our motivation is still as strong as Day 1. “Six years later we’re a group of hardworking athletes who strategically plan out our seasons and games. We know what we need to do and we work our butts off for it. It’s amazing to see what we’ve achieved and it makes me feel like this tiny team from Muncie could really become something so much more.”

Like so many of us, for Juke, derby is more than just a hobby-it’s a lifestyle. “I love that it has given me somewhere to focus my energy. Before derby I was just a lost college student not sure of who I was or who I wanted to be. Derby has taught me responsibility, dedication, hard work, self-control, and has made me much healthier physically and mentally. I spend so many hours of my life focusing on derby that I’m not really sure who I would be without it in my life.” Juke works tirelessly at practices and is always the first one to remind the team that each belly-wrenching crunch, booty-burning squat and lung squashing suicide just help to make us stronger.

Someone as dedicated to derby as Juke probably never gets nervous for bouts, right? Wrong-o! Even seasoned skaters need to have a normal bout day routine, and try not to get psyched out. “I try to make bout days as much like normal days as possible. If I make a big deal out of it, I’ll freak out and get way too nervous. I eat healthy meals before the game and sometimes go for a short walk to keep my body moving. I like to get myself pumped up on the way to the game with some upbeat music. That’s really it though, I don’t want to even look at the other team or watch their warm up though because I will panic. I just focus on myself, my team, and the plan for the game.”

When she’s not on the track, Juke works at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts center. “My job as the Education & Marketing Coordinator is to help plan, implement, and market our arts programs as well as our events and fundraisers.” When she’s not there, she is with her fiancée, Meagan, and- I’m not kitten you- their four cats. “We like to work out together, do home improvement projects, and enjoy outdoor activities when the weather is nice.”

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On April 3rd, Juke will be defending the Galactic Republic-er…I mean Cornfed- against Chicago Outfits Shade Brigade at Gibson Arena. Ewok yourself down to the rink at 3pm, start time is at 4. 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).

Come out and see the sport that is inspiring so many young women and empowering them to be strong, smart and tough. It has been life changing for Juke. “Socially it’s made me much more comfortable interacting with people I don’t know that well. It has shaped me into a leader and given me a stronger voice of reason that I use in my non-derby life as well. Physically it’s inspired me to lose 50 pounds, exercise daily, and watch what I eat. Becoming healthy has improved my derby abilities so much and has made me finally feel like a real athlete and not just a girl on skates. Being a part of the derby community also has inspired me to live my authentic life. I’m inspired daily by strong women who are smart and lift each other up and can’t imagine who I would be if my 21 year old self never pushed myself to do this.”

Basically, Juke is the droid you’re looking for.

CFDD prepares for second game of Season 6

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If you missed the Cornfed Derby Dames’ (CFDD) home opener it’s not too late to see them in action this season! After a huge win over the Derby City Rollergirls, the CFDD All-Stars have set their sights on Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade of Chicago,Illinois and the CFDD Muncie Missfits will play Circle City Derby Girls’ Party Crashers Sunday, April 3 at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave.

Doors open for the double header at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. start time. 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 child
ren). 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.

This will be your last chance to see the dames in action before they travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to participate in the “K-Town Shakedown” tournament. The team is currently fundraising to help cover the costs of the tournament. Donations may be made online here.