The Promise of Derby is a website and blog written by Bitches Bruze dedicated to exploring the positive aspects and roles of living a life of flat track roller derby. If you’re involved in derby skater and would like to be a guest contributor, please e-mail Bitches at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any writing which promotes how derby has had a positive influence on your life – through empowerment, learning, athleticism, teamwork – is welcomed.
Started skating derby in September 2007 and has been teaching computer applications and programming at her local community college for a decade. Mixing multimedia and training is her love and profession.
Bitches began her roller derby career with the Albany All Stars (Albany, NY) in the summer of 2007 and was a founding member of both the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby (Troy, NY) and Burlington Bombers (Burlington, VT). For three years, she was a skater and coach with the co-ed roller derby league, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (Northampton, MA). Bitches usually skates Blocker and Pivot. In bouts she’s been coach, every referee position, every non-skating official position, videographer, statistician, boutcaster, and announcer. She’s been on roster for more than 50 bouts, and with her ability to pick up any role, she’s been in over 200 bouts in her career.
Today Bitches skates with the Elm City Derby Damez (Keene, NH). Her derby wife (and real-life husband), Will Jettison, was the Captain of Pioneer Valley Roller Derby’s men’s team – Dirty Dozen (2011-2012) and now skates with the Capitol District Men’s Roller Derby league.
Bitches was proud to be one of the announcers selected for World Cup 2011, the highlight of which was the opportunity to announce the live stream (and DVD recording) of Team USA’s Stars vs. Stripes bout. She is a writer for Examiner.com. Her strategy videos on YouTube have been watched several hundred thousand times in countries around the world and used for training and development for every level of skater and team.