The wise and fabulous Leslie Knope once said, “I guess some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies.” If you’re not one of those people and you love powerful depictions of awesome ladies, then you need to come to the Cornfed Derby Dames bout against South Bend Sunday June 28th. Roller derby is insanely fun to watch, even if you have no idea what’s going on. I’ve been skating with the dames for about three months and I’ve learned a lot, but when it comes to understanding the actual game of roller derby, you can call me John Snow, because I know nothing. So, don’t be scared away because you don’t know all the rules and positions of derby. The basics are pretty easy to understand, and are printed in basically every program. The rules and strategy aren’t what’s so fun about derby anyway. What’s really cool is the culture that comes with roller derby. The skill that the skaters have accumulated. The punny and memorable derby names that get you thinking about what your own tough derby name would be. The teamwork and dedication the skaters have. It’s all about sportsmanship, helping the community, and growing as people. The proceeds from the bout help support ARF and all the other ways the Dames volunteer in the community.
There have been so many times at practice I have seen the more experienced skaters doing moves and have thought to myself “I’ll never be able to do that.” But with time and help from the team, I’ve learned to do it and it’s felt amazing! There’s nothing better than realizing that with enough perseverance, you can do anything you put your mind to, and that is such a great lesson to learn. Especially for kids. Did I mention kids get into the bout for free with the purchase of an adult ticket? Everyone should see a derby bout at least once in their lives and this is your time! Head down to Gibson Skating Arena Sunday, June 28th. The doors open at 3pm and the bout starts at 4. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if you pre sale them through Brown Paper Tickets or get them from one of the Dames!
— Janice Droplin