2014 N&D Junior Diddy League News
2014 Diddy League Final Team
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Junior Swimming Leagues or Diddy Leagues as they are known take part across the country each year. Starting in spring and culminating in a national championships typically in in late November, they are a fun high tempo, exciting team competition for 9-12 year old Boys and Girls. (The date varies each year but typically is the age of the swimmer on the day of the National final, this year its the 30th November 2014).
Middlesbrough ASC along with seven other teams compete in Division 1 of the Northumberland & Durham (N&D) Diddy League for the title of Division one winners and the chance to go on to compete in the North East Region final and beyond all the way to a National final.
The league has 3 divisions and like a football league you have divisions winners, promotion and relegation. The top two team form Division 2 get promoted and the bottom two from Division 1 relegated.
The league takes place over 4 Sundays in March and April (at different pools each year) with each club competing in 3 of the 4 meets.
The top 6 teams from Division 1 go forward to an N&D final which is always a fun filled fancy dress event in June/July.
Each meet last only 90 minutes and its amazing to think over 50 races take place each meet. Each meet consists of 4 individual races (Freestyle, Back, Breast & Fly) in each age group both boys and girls, 2 relay races freestlye and medley and a favourite of everyone the Canon (worth double points) where 1 boy and 1 girl from each age group compete in an 8 person freestyle relay team. Each race is either a 25m for the 9 year olds or a 50m race for the other age group. The relays are a 100m and the canon a 200m race.
Unlike a normal swimming gala where a swimmer competes for individual glory the Diddy league is a full team event where a swimmer is competing for points for the team not medals. Winning an event gives the team 6 points, second place 5 points and so on finishing with 1 point for sixth, so just finishing the race can still provide a vital point for the team even if a swimmer doesn’t win!
Each club selects (where they can) a team of 4 girls and 4 boys from each age group to compete at the meet and from those chosen, selects one swimmer to represent the club in each race. A swimmer is allowed to swim in two individual events (selected by MASC’s coaches) in their age group and the relays. A coach is allowed to ‘swim up’ a swimmer from the year below in a relay eg One 9 yo swimmer can compete in the 10 yo relay race.
Middlesbrough ASC always select the strongest team available from the clubs pool of swimmers and team selections go up on the club notice board a couple of weeks before each event. Parents are required to tick off to say their children are available to represent the club as soon as the list goes up. The team can change so just because a swimmer isn’t selected for one round doesn’t mean they wont be picked for the next.
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Quote for the Day:
"A Big well done to all the Swimmers who represented MASC in the opening Heat of the Junior Diddy League 2014. I thought the competitiveness, team spirit and skill level of our swimmers were excellent. Thanks to the poolside helpers for their organisation and the parents who supported us down every length! Good Job Team!"