Why you should be at CFDD’s New Skater Clinic

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Trying something new can be scary. Taking that first step into the unknown can be a daunting thing. If you’re considering coming to the New Skater Clinic on Sunday, you might be feeling anxious about it, and second guessing yourself. Just know that you’re not alone. This time last year a group of people were in your same position, and now they’re going to start Season 9 no longer the new kids on the block, but as seasoned skaters. Last year’s new skaters were recently asked some questions about their experiences at last year’s New Skater Clinic, the Bootcamp that follows, and being a member of the Cornfed Derby Dames. Here is what they had to say.

Q. What made you interested in going to the New Skater Clinic?

I’ve always loved being on skates, and had an interest in roller derby but knew NOTHING about it! I thought the clinic would be a good way to learn a little more and get introduced to the sport and the team.” -Slayer Swift

I wanted to find a tribe of people who were athletic and passionate.” -Sam U. Fine

Been interested in derby since I first saw a bout in 2011. It was a goal of mine to learn to play derby.” -Maven O’Moxie

Q. How did you feel when you walked into Gibson’s for the Clinic?

“Terrified, nervous and excited! I felt like I was possibly getting in over my head. I hadn’t been on skates for about 20 years. I was so afraid I was going to hurt myself or DIE! LOL!” -Maven O’Moxie

I felt so many emotions, I was scared, nervous, excited, intrigued, all of it! But I remember feeling welcomed over all of that! All of the Dames were genuinely excited for the new skaters to be there, and were super helpful and patient!” -Slayer Swift

Terrified, nervous and excited! I felt like I was possibly getting in over my head. I hadn’t been on skates for about 20 years. I was so afraid I was going to hurt myself or DIE! LOL!” -Maven O’Moxie

I was super nervous because I didn’t really know anyone but Marie [Fury] and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.” -Grim Trigger

Q. How did the Clinic go last year? What was your experience or feelings during the Clinic?

The clinic was AWESOME! The coaches were so encouraging and VERY patient with everyone. I loved getting to know the other clinic mates. We were ‘all in it together’ and that alone was motivating and, I believe, helped everyone feel less nervous.” -Maven O’Moxie

Unfortunately, I was injured and unable to skate at the clinic, but I still had a lot of fun watching the other newbies learn and getting to learn about how skating and derby work. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to fit in with the group or that I wouldn’t be accepted but I thought I’d still give it a shot.” -Grim Trigger

It went well. Everyone was encouraging and supportive even though I was a terrible skater.” -Hug-o-War

Q. What was your first impression of the Cornfed Derby Dames during the New Skater Clinic and/or Bootcamp (three weeks of practices following the New Skater Clinic where the new skaters continue to learn basic derby skills before the entire league starts practices in October).

Everyone was helpful and patient. If I didn’t understand something, they found a way to explain it so I would. Or, if I didn’t get it the first time, it was OK! Nobody ever made me feel stupid because I couldn’t do anything. They were also very encouraging, so when I couldn’t do it, they would continue cheering me on time after time!” -Slayer Swift

They are badass women! They weren’t scary or intimating at all. Everyone was very willing to help with techniques and answer any questions.” -Maven O’Moxie

A little intimidating at first, but super knowledgeable, and willing to help.” -Hug-o-War

“That derby is for all shapes and sizes and no matter your path, derby has a place for you.” -Sam U. Fine

Q. How was your experience during last year’s bootcamp?

I was terrified of bootcamp. I have never been athletic in my life so I was sure I would die! It was not nearly as bad as I thought, it was a workout for sure, but it was fun! It was also a great way to start learning and practicing the basics (falling, getting up, stopping, etc). I would encourage anyone who has any slight interest in roller derby to attend the bootcamp!” -Slayer Swift

I learned so much! I had a wonderful experience that enticed me to stick with derby and see what I can do if I don’t quit.” -Maven O’Moxie

Really positive. I felt that the boot camp helped me enough that I wasn’t so nervous skating with more people on the track, and was able to work on skills to be a better skater.” -Hug-o-War

Q. What have you learned in the past year as a member of the Cornfed Derby Dames?

I have learned that I am stronger than I think. Things I thought were impossible to do are actually possible, and I am doing them!” -Slayer Swift

That derby is for all shapes and sizes and no matter your path, derby has a place for you.” -Sam U. Fine

I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned to trust myself and my body more. I’ve learned to skate better than I imagined I could and have even started learning more strategy.” -Grim Trigger

Q. What is your favorite aspect of being a part of the Cornfed Derby Dames?

This team is a family. Even as a super shy and quiet person who keeps to herself, it is easy to make friends and feel like a part of the team. I also love that when I am struggling with a particular skill or drill, there is no hesitation from other teammates to jump in and help!” -Slayer Swift

I love the community. I’ve made so many great friends through derby and I’m so grateful for that. Additionally, we give back to the greater Muncie community through volunteering and donations, which makes our derby community feel even bigger.” -Grim Trigger

How much every member of the team is valuable to the overall success of Cornfed.” -Maven O’Moxie

“It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone more; it’s a rewarding experience to see how far you can really go.” -Carpe Jugulum

Q. Has your life changed or improved in the past year by being a part of the Cornfed Derby Dames? If so, how?

As a mom and a wife with a full time job, I rarely take time to do anything for myself. Joining the Cornfed Derby Dames was a huge step out of my comfort zone. It was also one of the best decisions I made. I have been surrounded by so many amazing talented women from all different walks of life. It has also encouraged me to become a physically healthier person, as I eat better and exercise to be prepared for derby!” -Slayer Swift

My life has improved a ton. I’m more active and motivated. My mental health is better when I’m skating regularly, which is a big deal for me. And I have more connections and friends around Muncie.” -Grim Trigger

It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone more; it’s a rewarding experience to see how far you can really go.” -Carpe Jugulum

Q. What would you say to someone who is considering coming to the New Skater Clinic this year but is uncertain?

DO IT!! You never know what you’re capable of until you give it a shot. Everyone is kind, supportive and helpful… There’s nothing to be afraid of.” -Maven O’Moxie

Do it!!!!!! Join us!!!!! Also I think a common misconception is that newbies start hitting each other right out of the gates. That’s definitely not how this works, so if you’re worried about that then know that your safety is our priority and we will only have you start hitting when we know you’re ready (probably at /least/ a month in). So now you have no excuse and you have to come!!” -Grim Trigger

I would tell someone to go for it! You never know if you will find something that you love, and everyone on the team who is at the clinic is nice and supportive and won’t laugh at you even if you are a terrible skater.” -Hug-o-War

This year’s New Skater Clinic will be held at Gibson’s Skating Arena on Sunday, September 9, 2018, from 3-6pm. For more information, including how to register to participate, click here to visit the Facebook event page. 

Season 8’s rookie skaters.

New Skater Clinic

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The Cornfed Derby Dames are excited to begin their ninth season this fall and are starting the season off with a New Skater Clinic on Sunday, September 9 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 $10 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 the form at https://tinyurl.com/ybn3nvss. If you have any additional questions about the clinic or borrowing gear email cfddrecruitment@gmail.com.

Smalltown Smackdown

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The Cornfed Derby Dames will host the first ever Smalltown Smackdown roller derby tournament on Sunday, June 24 at Gibson’s Skating Arena. This all day event will kick off at 9 a.m. with the final game starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Smalltown Smackdown: Cornament of Champions will feature Cornfed’s Muncie Missfits, Derby City Roller Girls’ Bourbon Brawlers of Louisville, KY,Fort Wayne Derby Girls’ SWAT Team, Gem City Roller Derby‘s Violet Femmes of Dayton, OH, and the South Bend Roller Derby’s Studebreakers.

The tournament will take place at Gibson’s Skating Arena, 2610 S. Mock Ave. Doors will open for the first game at 8:30 a.m. but fans are welcome to arrive throughout the day. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per person until 3 p.m. when tickets will be reduced to $12 per person. College students, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, and EMT’s are just $15 with an ID or $10 after 3 p.m. Children 10 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limit two children). Volunteers are needed for the event, if you are interested in helping please reach out to Cornfed at cornfeddd@gmail.com.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the concession stand. A portion of all bout proceeds in 2018 will be donated to A Better Way Services, Inc.. This will be the final home event for the Cornfed Derby Dames Season 8. Information about recruitment events, clinics, boot camps, and scrimmages will be available in the fall.

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: KarmaKazi #247

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Our All-Stars team has definitely been feeling the effects of having KarmaKazi play with Cornfed. Karma joined us this fall as a transfer, which she says was “a bit daunting, but Cornfed has welcomed [her] with warm open arms.” We’ve all been happy to get to know her fun personality, great attitude, and merciless hits. As a blocker, Karma reminds jammers that they’ll always get back what they dish out–and more.

KarmaKazi started skating in January 2015 with A-Town Roller Derby. She says that she fell in love with roller derby “immediately, even though [she] could barely skate!” Her skills have grown rapidly since then, and she gives credit for that to the supportive roller derby community, which she says is her favorite part of roller derby.

Many roller derby players choose their name based on people they admire, traits they have, or another activity they love. Karma chose her name for different reasons, though. She says that she “wholeheartedly believe[s] in Karma,” and wanted a name to reflect that. So she “added a little pun action and BOOM, there she was.” And, since Karma–the concept and the skater–can come for you at any time, her number is 24/7.

When Karma isn’t stopping jammers in their tracks, she works as an office assistant at Caregiver Homes in Indianapolis. She also works at Tangram, Inc. as needed as a Direct Service Provider, where she “provide[s] direct support and care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Karma also enjoys “reading, watching movies, and The Arts,” and spending time with her Dad and younger siblings–who have never missed one of her home games! 

When asked about how she’s feeling about Cornfed’s 8th season, Karma said that she’s “super stoked!”  She said that “It’s wonderful to be a part of such a talented, strong group of humans who push and support each other! I see great things happening, not only during this season, but many more to come!” We can definitely see Karma doing great things this season, too, as she pursues her goal of continuing to improve and pushing herself even harder. She even hinted at potentially getting back into jamming, which should scare any blockers that are going to play the All-Stars this season!

Make sure to come see KarmaKazi in action at Cornfed’s Season Opener against Naptown on February 25th at Gibson’s Skating Arena! Tickets are $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and $12 at the door. This doubleheader starts at 2 PM with the All-Stars versus the Warning Belles, later, the Missfits will play the Third Alarm. You won’t want to miss seeing Karma teach jammers that what goes around, comes around.

 

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! 

Cornfed Announces Season 8 Dates!

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Muncie’s own Cornfed Derby Dames are gearing up for an action packed eighth season beginning in February. In 2017, Cornfed represented Muncie in many home and away games and tournaments throughout the Midwest. The team is now ranked 123 out of 339 international roller derby leagues in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The Cornfed All-Stars and Muncie Missfits now make up a league of over 40 active members.

The first home bout of season seven will be Sunday, February 25 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 Naptown Roller Derby of Indianapolis, IN in a double header versus the Warning Belles and Third Alarm.

Season 8 home games are as follows:

  • Sunday, February 25: All-Stars vs. Naptown Roller Derby Warning Belles of Indianapolis, IN
    Muncie Missfits vs. Naptown Roller Derby Third Alarm of Indianapolis, IN
  • Sunday, March 25: All-Stars vs. Burning River Roller Derby All-Stars of Cleveland, OH
    Muncie Missfits vs. Burning River Roller Derby HazMat Crew of Cleveland, OH
  • Sunday, May 20: All-Stars vs. Twin City Derby Girls Evil Twins of Champaign, IL
    Muncie Missfits vs. Twin City Derby Girls Dead Ringers of Champaign, IL
  • Sunday, June 24: TBA

Admission is $12 per person at the door, $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or from any Cornfed Derby Dame. College students, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, and EMT’s 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 2018 will be donated to A Better Way Services.

In addition to their four home games, Cornfed will travel to Roselle, IL to play the Dupage Derby Dames on March 10. The Cornfed All-Stars will participate in two tournaments this season: K-Town Shakedown from April 27-29 in Kalamazoo, MI and the Midwest BrewHaha from June 1-3 in Milwaukee, WI. 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.

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

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.