I am still going to call this a Friday Faves since I’ve been trying to write it since yesterday! Since the best thing happening in Muncie this Sunday is the roller derby bout at Gibson Arena, it seemed only appropriate for me to claim the Cornfed Derby Dames as my Friday Fave. Get ready for a history lesson.
Way back in the winter of 2010 I watched a little movie called Whip It. As I watched it I thought, “This roller derby thing is the best sport ever” while simultaneously thinking,”I would kill myself if I ever had the chance to play.”
Little did I know about a month or so later I would find a flyer promoting the start up of a roller derby team in Muncie.
Also little did I know that I would go to a few open skates with the rag tag group of women we were and completely fall in love with the sport and with them.
It’s been a long journey getting our team to where we are today. Most of us had never been to a roller derby bout let alone have a clue of how to play the sport. Plus, we needed practice space since at the time the local rink didn’t really know what to think about us yet. Thankfully a church decided to give us a chance. So we spent 2 nights a week moving chairs off the concrete sanctuary floor, learning how to skate, learning how to fall, learning how to hit … and then moving ALLTHOSECHAIRS back into place again. That alone was a workout. But it bonded us as a team and helped bring us to where we are today. Eventually Gibson Skating Arena found a soft spot in their heart for us and we began practicing there. For a whole year, we practiced. We learned. We had so many guest coaches from other leagues around Indiana, Ohio and Seattle, WA teach us, coach us, encourage us and show us how to basically start and run a business from the ground up. By the end of 2010 we were ready to start playing other teams and began that adventure in the spring of 2011. Now we are coming to a close on our second season. We’ve come a long way. We’ve had our ups and downs as a team, but these women, they are family. They are my sisters. And I love them. I’m so thankful for each role that each of them play in my life … and on my team.
There’s so much in my heart I could say about this sport, this team. There are so many misconceptions about roller derby and all I can say is give it a chance. And if you’d like to give it a chance tomorrow then make sure you give my alter-ego OCDiva high fives as I fly around the track because I need them! Hope to see you there!
If you would like to know more about the organization that we as a roller derby team belong to you can check it out here. We are officially an apprentice league this year and hope to make our way to becoming a full WFTDA (women’s flat track derby association) league in the near future! This takes us to the next level competitively, so watch out!
And I’ll leave you with a few images of OCDiva in action from our last bout (thank you Debbie Darko for taking these!)
That’s me with the black star on my helmet. This makes me the point scorer (also known as the Jammer), but also the target! Notice my teammates ahead of me doing an awesome job at holding back the other team’s jammer.
I am known for my somewhat silly-looking (and unintentional) dance moves while jamming!
This is Betty Fhite. She wears a belt so I can grab onto it to gain speed and momentum as I whip off of it. She also does an awesome job at holding back their blockers so I can make my way through.
And this is my awesome team.
Thanks for your support!
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