What is a Junior/Diddy League?
A Diddy League is a club competition for 9-12 year olds where the swimmers are selected to represent the club. The country is divided into different Regional Leagues in which clubs compete. City of Coventry has a team that competes in the Nuneaton & District League (3 rounds). The top 6 teams placed after these 3 rounds go through to a Regional Final. The winner of this regional final joins 7 other Regional winners to make up a Southern semi final. The 4 top finishing teams from this semi final go through to a National Final (and joins 4 teams from the Northern Semi Final). The winner of this National Final becomes the National Junior League Champions. City of Coventry also puts a team into the Leicester League which has three rounds. The top 6 teams after the second round compete in the Leicester League Final and compete for a trophy.
Nuneaton League swimmers must be at least 9 years old by 10th September 2016 and not have reached their 13th birthday by 9th September 2016. Leicester League swimmers must be at least 9 years old by 25th June 2016 and not have reached their 13th birthday by 30th June 2016.
Diddy Leagues Dates
Round 1 – 9th April Round 2 – 14th May Round 3 – 25th June (Leicester Final) Nuneaton Regional Final – 10th September Southern Semi Final – October National Final – November
Events at Leagues
The 9 yr olds have 25m individual races in Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle plus relays. The 10 year olds have 25m Butterfly & 50m individual races in backstroke, breaststroke & freestyle plus relays. The 11 & 12 year olds have 50m Individual races in the 4 strokes plus relays There are also Girls & boys 8x25m freestyle relays (2 from each age group) & a 8x25m cannon freestyle relay (1 Girl/1 Boy each age group) as the last race.
The 9 year olds have individual races in Backstroke, Breaststroke & freestyle plus two 4x25m
Relays (1 Freestyle, 1 Medley) plus an 8x25m mixed relay (4 girls & 4 boys). The 10 & 11 year olds
have 25m Individual races in the 4 strokes plus two relays The 12 year olds have 50m Individual races in the 4
strokes plus two relays There is also a mixed 16x25m freestyle relay (2 from each age group, 8 girls & 8
Boys) as the last race.
Both leagues restrict swimmers to two individual races in their own age group and one swim up. There are no restrictions on the number of relays that can be swum. In both teams the club will select the fastest team possible therefore some swimmers may only be selected for Relay swims. The club sees this as a team competition and all swimmers are asked to swim regardless of how much or how little they will be doing on the night.
How do the swimmers get selected?
The majority of selections are taken from the Sprint Night results and other relevant competitions. The teams are selected by the Head Coach, Adam Ruckwood and his assistant Rikki Morris. On the night of the leagues the selection process of swimmers to swim events is passed to the coaches of the respective teams. Sometimes due to illnesses, no shows etc things have to be re-jigged on the night.
How do the swimmers know they have been selected?
The teams will be posted on the Club Notice Board (entrance to the 50m Pool changing rooms on the first floor of Coventry Sports Centre). Selected swimmers will receive email notification of selection (if email address is held on club"s database) and also the squad coaches are given a list of selection.
What do I do if selected?
You need to indicate if you are available to swim by ticking or crossing your name on the board, or replying by email to Rikki Morris firstname.lastname@example.org. The earlier that you can do this the better as it helps to give reserve swimmers more notice that they are required to swim. If we have not had any response/indication that you are available to swim by two weeks prior to the event we will assume that you are not available and reserves will be asked to swim in their place.
What do I do if a swimmer can not make it on the day due to illness etc?
The best thing to do is to contact the coach of the team. For the Nuneaton team the main coach is Anita Ryder. For the Leicester Team the coach is Ben Jelley & Sam Fairchild. You can also contact Adam Ruckwood in an emergency on 07887 772970 or Jo Deakins on 07815 835526.
How do I get to the Diddy Leagues?
For all the Leicester Diddy Leagues there is always a coach laid on to take the team to the location. For the Nuneaton Team this applies to rounds that are some distance away (we do not usually have a bus to the rounds that are held within Warwickshire). Details of the travel arrangements will be on the Selection Sheet. If coaches are used they pick up and drop off the team from outside Coventry Sports Centre. As a club enough time is allowed for travel with a bit extra in case people are late but please try and arrive at the coach at the time requested. If you are not wishing to travel on the coach please let the coaches or Team Managers know or write next to your name on the board “own transport”. No food is allowed on the coaches going to the Leagues and on the way back all rubbish should either be taken home with you or put into the rubbish sacks provided by the team managers. All coaches should be clear of any rubbish before swimmers are let off the coaches to go home. Any swimmers that have not been collected (due to parents being late etc) will be looked after by the team staff until someone collects them. Please bear in mind that the team staff are volunteers and do not want to be waiting around and would appreciate people collecting the swimmers to be there on time.
Can Parents watch & travel to the Junior/Diddy league?
All parents are welcome to attend the galas and support the teams. When it comes to the Regional, Semi & National finals for the Nuneaton team there is a restriction on the number of tickets that the club gets allocated for supporters. These tickets are distributed out and details appear nearer to the finals once the numbers of tickets are known. In terms of travel obviously the swimmers & team staff have priority on seats on the coaches. Next priority goes to the officials and their partners that we have to take with us (usually two time keepers & 1 judge). If there is still room on the coach then we open it up to parents with the parents of the 9 year olds getting priority. There is a cost to any parents travelling with the team, usually a couple of pounds at the most. It is asked that once the venue of the league has been reached parents on the coach disembark and allow the team staff to get on with the job of leading the team through the Diddy League. Once the team are on the poolside no parents are allowed on the poolside as it becomes a Child Protection issue.
What do I need to bring on the night & what is expected of the swimmers?
All swimmers are advised, as a minimum, to bring with them a T-shirt (preferably a Club shirt) and dark
shorts/tracksuit bottoms, something to wear on their feet (flip flops/trainers), 2 towels (one for poolside
and a spare for afterwards to get dry!), a “C” hat if a hat is worn & two pairs of goggles (in
case one pair break). It is also advisable to have plenty of fluids to drink as performances can drop if
swimmers get dehydrated. A separate sheet will be published for what swimmers should eat & drink at
competitions. If the swimmers need to leave the poolside at any time during the Diddy league they must inform
the Team Managers first so that they are aware of where everyone is. The swimmers are also asked to behave on
poolside and to leave the poolside tidy with no litter.
If there are any other queries please contact Jo Deakins for further information.