Started skating in the 60's where I was born & raised in blazing hot Miami skating in the streets and Roller Rinks and  where I watched the original Roller Derby on TV.   Over the years included years of competitive speed skating, a bit of hockey, RollerSoccer, ice speed and short-track skating and today, I adore Jam Skating and Freestyle Slalom, teaching skills and especially training skaters how to prepare for skating safely to play Roller Derby.  Since 2004, my research on the severity of Roller Derby skaters breaking ankles and legs led me to conclude that in order to play Derby: a) Skaters must have conditioned ankles (flexibility & strength)  b) Skater's body must be fluid, relaxed and she/he must be an advanced skater/100% aware of his surroundings and c) No skater should play Roller Derby until these factors are met.

In the 90's, I got the opportunity to train on the banked track for the Roller Jam show with veteran skaters Buddy Atkinson and Erwin Miller who I credit for pushing me to my limits and really teaching how to "skate the track".  This was the period that defined me as a discplined skater and trainer.  In 2004 living in Chicago, Roller Derby on the flat track was newly emerging, I was hired to coach the original Windy City Rollers; a group of  66 fantastically motivated ladies and I taught them all how to skate,  Still skating today, they continue to be one of the top Women's Flat Track Roller Derby leagues in the world.

I'm a certified ICP and SkateIA Level I instructor and teach on inline, quads. My focus is teaching skill-to-skate for correct form, speed, style and racing in street and recreational skating.  Training for Derby skaters includes practical "Skate School 101" basics that teach skaters using "real urban skills"…those needed to maneuver the small track with precision and finesse to play the game without injury.  Since 2005, I've devoted a lot of time and energy researching the abysmal ongoing high number of Roller Derby skater's breaking their legs and ankles. A big focus on avoiding accidents by teaching the right technique with a vast emphasis on ankle conditioning, skate style for beginners and especially that skaters are "track-ready" before training or bouting on the small track.

Regular inline or quad skating lessons are always available plus skill for Roller Derby leagues of any size, individual skaters, Merby, juniors.   Athlete's, seniors, folks with disabilities, children or beginner slalom (Freestyle) skaters. I'm is also happy to consult with coaches and trainers regarding improving skill/technique and especially on reducing ankle & leg injuries.

 
 
My motto is "Do not play Roller Derby..UNTIL you can skate"  and I'm here to show you why.
 
Email Bettina von Brickhaus, AKA: Susan@skateowl.com for information about training your league or individual skaters in the EU, USA and onward and coaching also via email, SKYPE or phone.
 
Here's an archive gallery from skating with The Windy City Rollers, The Florida Roller Girls,  Speed Skating with Team Rainbo, Chicago and some relevant Internet pics.