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Happy Officials Appreciation Month: Shotgun Mike and Melody Mayhem!

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What’s that? A skater? A ref? An NSO? Oh, wait- it’s all three! This week’s officials appreciation post centers around Melody Mayhem– a trifecta of roller derby talent- and her husband, Shotgun Mike! (Also very talented!)

Melody started out as a skater, or more specifically, a formidable jammer with sharp shoulders and hard hits. She would often travel with Shotgun Mike and decided to start NSOing as well! Eventually that turned into reffing and the rest is history. She’s been officiating for about 4 years now.

Shotgun Mike is going into his 5th season officiating roller derby, and man does he make those stripes look good! Mike is always willing to explain the rules to newbies…and okay, let’s face it, vets too. He’s a great teacher and refs with integrity and an impeccable knowledge of the game, no matter how much it changes year to year.

Photo courtesy of Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography

This power couple has been to scrimmages, games, and tournaments together. They are also some of the most welcoming and kind people you can meet. Whether it’s opening their home on holidays and lending an ear or a smile, making calls to keep skaters safe or working hard to make events go smoothly, these two approach every situation with grace, thoughtfulness and humor.

While these two have many titles within CFDD, they’ve recently added two new ones: Mom and Dad! While quarantine is keeping many of us from holding sweet little Penny and staring at her tiny toes, (how are they SO small?!) we’re all very happy and are excited for these two and the amazing parents they’ve become. Thanks for our newest, tiniest ref, guys!

Want more info about this perfect pair? Here’s their two cents:

Shotgun Mike

Photo by Matt Ruddick

Shotgun Mike:

What got you started officiating? 

My wife joined as a skater, so I was around derby all the time anyway. This seemed like the best way for me to contribute to the community!

Do you prefer to officiate on or off skates? Why? 

On skates because it’s as close as you can get to the action without taking hits all the time!

What is the hardest part of officiating? 

Players, coaches, and fans sometimes take it WAY too seriously when things don’t go their way.

What is the best part? 

The feeling of taking a chaotic game and keeping it safe and fun for everybody.

What would you tell someone who is considering becoming an official? 

Do it! Especially you skaters out there! C’mon! Grab a whistle! Let’s go!

What do you do when you’re not officiating? 

I teach filmmaking (mostly sound production) at a university

What is a fun fact about you? 

I’ve lived on both coasts (Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles)

 

Melody Mayhem

Photo by Matt Ruddick

Melody Mayhem:

What got you started officiating? 

My husband, Shotgun Mike. He would travel around to get experience reffing and I would travel with him. NSOs are always in need, so I started volunteering to NSO. Then one day I tried my hand at reffing, not only to help out but to learn and understand the rules of derby better…which has helped me greatly when playing derby.

Do you prefer to officiate on or off skates? Why? 

Off skates, because I’m a nerd and I love the paperwork!

What is the hardest part of officiating? 

Having a neutral face during game play, especially during a hard, nasty hit.

What is the best part? 

Meeting officials from all over the world.

What would you tell someone who is considering becoming an official? 

Do it! Seriously though, give it a try. It’s a great way to watch and support roller derby.

What do you do when you’re not officiating? 

I teach elementary music, knit/crochet, and love cuddling my brand new baby girl!

What is a fun fact about you? 

I love unicorns. Does that count as fun??? lol

We sure think so. Unicorns are magical, just like these two roller derby lovin’ fools. While we can’t bout right now, we are having fun scavenger hunts and other team bonding events from home! Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest and corniest updates.

Photo courtesy of Matt Mardis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Officials Appreciation Week: Tweety Bird!

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Tweety serving up sass for Season 10! Photo by Matt Ruddick

As more businesses shut their doors for the next few weeks and bouts everywhere are being rescheduled- I think it is safe to say we could all use some positivity. While events are being cancelled left and right, there’s one thing that can’t be cancelled: Officials Appreciation Month! This week’s featured official is an actual ray of sunshine and someone who can always make a gloomy day (or global pandemic) brighter.

Tweety Bird has been a non-skating official for about 4 years. In that time she has become somewhat of a fixture on the track, and in our hearts. Tweety is bubbly, kind, friendly and her lipgloss is always poppin’.

From our roaring 20s Dancing with a Dame event to every parade, Tweety shows up to support local roller derby! If she isn’t NSOing, you can find her in the crowd or at an event to cheer everyone on.

Whether she is manning the stopwatch, calling five seconds, blowing a whistle or helping tape down the track, Tweety gives 100%. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable official and Cornfed is so very grateful to have her around!

Tweety Bird blows the whistle on Tazmanian Ethel. Ah, what are best friends for? Photo by Matt Ruddick

Tweety got involved with derby through a new skater clinic with her best friend, and our very own Tazmanian Ethel. Wanna be besties with Tweety too? Get to know her better with this fun Q&A:

What got you started officiating? 

My best friend Ethel plays derby! So I tried the skater clinic, but was so sore afterwards and we didn’t even hit each other! So I decided officiating was for me! 🙂

Do you prefer to officiate on or off skates? Why? 

Off skates at this time. Because while I own skates and can skate, I do not own the pads, and like with the skater clinic, my body was so sore because of all the pads, cause I’m a weakling apparently lol off skates is just as fun! Plus, my derby wife is an NSO at this time, and I like officiating with her!

What is the hardest part of officiating?

When skaters get hurt, especially the ones I’m closest to. It is also hard to handle when skaters become disrespectful to officials. Thankfully this does not happen often. Many things in officiating are time based, and when multiple time based things are happening at once, that can be hard to manage as well.

What is the best part? 

The people I get to work with! Also, I love watching all the strong athletes out on the track!

What would you tell someone who is considering becoming an official?

Do it! It’s a wonderful experience and you will get to meet so many amazing people!

What do you do when you’re not officiating?

I work as a speech therapist at a long term care facility. I love to hang out with my two rabbits, Basket and Casey. My boyfriend Brandon is pretty great, and he officiates with me sometimes! We love to spend some time with both our families, and friends. I love to skate, craft, sleep, workout, and travel!

Cornfed Derby Dames St. Patrick's Day Parade

Tweety Bird and Dames show off their St. Patrick’s Day Spirit! Photo courtesy Debra Roberts

There you have it, folks! Tweety is an instrumental part of Midwestern roller derby and a huge asset to CFDD. We hope you all had a fun and safe St. Patty’s yesterday and continue to find joy in the little things until COVID-19 blows over.

Stay safe and healthy and in the meantime, make sure you show a little love to the people who keep our sport safe 24/7.

New Year, New Coaching Staff

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Season 10 Head CoachesHappy New Year folks!

For some of us, a new year means cleaning up the confetti, setting our sights on a new job and making new goals. For others, it means creating a challenging new workout and making gains. If you’re like me, maybe you’re living that self care life and got stocked up on books, face masks and candles. I see you! Whatever your new years plans are, we wish you well.

Here at CFDD, we don’t take #newyearnewme lightly. Not only do we have a slew of awesome new skaters, but we are rolling into 2020 with a brand new coaching staff! North Carolina native and the former head coach of Milwaukee’s Brewcity Bruisers Kelly McLaughlin plans to coach the All Stars to victory this season. Leading the Muncie Missfits is heavy hitter, mama bear and fan favorite U.S Amee. 

Kelly and her two pups, Kodak and Nova.

Kelly joins CFDD following her move to Muncie last year. She says her coaching skills, her “firm dad” attitude and team-oriented mindset will help the All Stars crush Season 10:

What are you looking forward to this season?

KM: On top of all the growth and team bonding that’s going to happen, I’m looking forward to meeting some new teams! Cornfed is playing teams that I am not familiar with, it is always great to see new styles and challenges that push your knowledge of the sport. 

What made you want to coach CFDD?

KM: I had the opportunity to coach at Brewcity a couple years ago, and before that I had been coaching volleyball on and off for several years. When CFDD needed a coach, it seemed natural for my to throw my name in the hat and offer my skills to the team. 

What are some goals you have for the season?

KM: I’d like to see us come together as a truly unified team this season. There is so much potential for growth this year and for CFDD to do well! I would also like to see us win at least half of our games and make sure that every skater on the A-team learns 1 new skill this season. 

What is your favorite thing about Cornfed?

KM: My favorite thing about Cornfed is the people on the team. Everyone I know is awesome and always ready to help out however you may need. 

What would you say your coaching style is? 

KM: I’m a firm dad. Very caring, want you to do well – but not afraid to lay down the law and let you know if you aren’t meeting my expectations. 

Fun fact about you:

KM: The Avett Brothers are my favorite band! 

U.S.Amee Season 10

Amee has been skating for 8 seasons with CFDD, and some fans may know her by the echo of “AMEEEEE” that tends to emerge from the crowd after she lands a particularly hard hit. Through the years, she’s been a leader, a skater, and even president of the league. See what she had to say about taking on becoming a coach: 

What are you looking forward to this season? 

AMEEEEE: Watching skaters grow! From the new skaters becoming amazing roller derby athletes, to the veterans who want to work towards becoming an All-Star. It’s so rewarding knowing I play a small role in their growth!

What made you want to coach CFDD?

AMEEEEE:I have been a part of the MissFits coaching staff, in some form, since the beginning of our B team. We had the need for a head coach and I thought I could help, so I stepped onto the challenge!

What are some goals you have for the season?

AMEEEEE:

-Lead by example. I’m also a skater on the All-Stars and I want to be a good role model. 

-Challenge the skaters to grow individually and as a unit. 

-Believe in them, and make them believe in themselves!

-Win a few games, or learn from them.

What is your favorite thing about Cornfed?

AMEEEEE: Oh man! I have so many things I love about Cornfed! One of them is our “never give up” attitude!! 

What would you say your coaching style is?

AMEEEEE: I would say steady and supportive. I’m very patient with the learning process. I want every single skater to reach their goals!

Fun fact about you:

AMEEEEE: I am a part of a grassroots group, Muncie Street Outreach, who feed hungry street friends, once a week. Oh, and I like to make people laugh, although I tell horrible jokes. 

 

Come see Kelly and Amee jump into the new year wheels first at CFDD’s first scrimmage of Season 10 on February 8th. 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. For more information, click here! 

Wanna stick around and see how the season goes? Season passes are also available through January 17th by clicking here.

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.

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. 

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: Boggs #4

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Although it’s her first season playing roller derby at the adult level, Boggs is no stranger to the best sport on eight wheels. After playing for 8 seasons with Indianapolis Junior Roller Derby, Boggs is ready to hit the track this season as a Cornfed All-Star.

When she’s not skating, Boggs is literally all of us- her hobbies include taking naps and eating pasta. Carb loading is totally a thing in derby, and it definitely pays off for Boggs. Solid hits, flawless makeup (she owns over 28 eyeshadow palettes), and fiery red hair flowing out from under her helmet are signatures of this strong AF pivot.

For Boggs, nothing is im-pasta-ble. In her first semester of college studying Zoology at Ball State University, she manages to balance school and derby. On the track, that multitasking serves her well. From offense to defense, pack definition and communication, Boggs has an advanced grasp on the game, and a real passion for it. But, she doesn’t play for the glory. When asked why she plays derby, she gives a goofy smile and responds “I gotta work off all that pasta!

Boggs using fancy footwork and strength to shut down a star pass. Photo by Matt Ruddick

Boggs laughs, adding that she loves skating with her group of sisters at CFDD and keeps coming back because of the people. She’s most excited to travel to Milwaukee in June, where the All-Stars will take on teams from all over the country at Midwest BrewHaha.

Do yourself a favor and come ask Boggs to show you her vast collection of sloth and baby monkey photos at our home opener on February 25th at Gibson’s Skating Arena (2610 S. Mock Ave.)

While you’re there, see the Cornfed All Stars take on the Naptown Roller Derby Warning Belles at CFDD’s Season 8 home opener! Doors open for the double header at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start time for the All-Stars game, afterward, the Missfits will take on Naptown’s Third Alarm. 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).

Boggs as a happy lil jammer! Photo by Greg Dunn

Who knows what kind of awesome derby action will happen? A big hit out, an apex jump, the pasta-bilities are endless. See you there! 

Veterans Day

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This Saturday, November 11, CFDD wanted to take a moment to recognize the people that have served or are currently serving in the military. No matter the political climate, these brave individuals step up to do a job some of us could never imagine doing.

Here’s what a few of our Dames had to say about what Veterans Day means to them:

“All gave some, some gave all.”

 To me, every day is Veterans Day. I can’t put into words how thankful and grateful I am to every single person who was and will be brave enough to sign that line for our freedoms. I have many veterans in my life, from family to very close friends and my #1 Veteran is my dad! He is my hero for so many reasons, but one of those reasons is that he is a veteran of the U.S.Army. So much so, my derby name is for him. He and my momma have taught me how to love my country, and to love the people who fight for it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to each and every Veteran and their families, for sacrificing so much for me and my family. 

– U.S.Amee

 

 

Veterans Day is not just a day vets expect to get free meals at local restaurants or a “hi” from someone who has been or still is active service. Veterans Day is about honoring and acknowledging all who have lost their lives so we can live ours on a daily basis freely. Now a days there is a lot of hate in the world and we all need to just accept the fact that there are always differences among groups but respecting and caring for one another is what it’s all about.

My husband Christopher Spadaro was active duty for 7 years and now reserves here in Indiana. We are very thankful for what the army has given us and who we are today because of a career he chose early on in life. We would not be the people we are today without the sacrifices and places we have come across. Chris continues his military training into his new career as a correctional officer in Pendleton. The Army or any other branch of service can be an amazing opportunity for many people and always remember to thank a vet every chance you can! Not just vets day.

-Bonnie Collide

For me, Veterans Day means taking a moment to step back and appreciate everything one sacrifices when they join the military. The level of strength, dedication, and bravery it takes to serve this country isn’t something that should ever be overlooked. Watching my best friend bust her way through basic training and earn her spot in the Air Force really drove home just how hard these people work every single day to serve this country. 

– Janis Droplin

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!

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!