Junior ‘Diddy’ League

What is the Diddy League?

MASC compete in the Northumberland and Durham (N&D) County Division of the National Junior League which is often called the ‘Diddy League’.

There are 3 divisions in the Northumberland and Durham region and MASC compete in the top division.

There are 3 qualifying rounds throughout the year with the top 6 teams progressing to the N&D final held in September. The winner represents N&D in the Northern final in October.

The top 4 in the Northern final qualify for the National final which is always held on the last Sunday in November.

Format of the league

The Junior League is a team competition lasting no longer than 2 hours where swimmers compete in short individual and/or team races in a 49 event programme.

It is a fantastic competition to introduce young swimmers to competitive swimming and should be something that MASC’s youngest swimmers strive to compete in.

Swimmers are aged between 9 and 12 (age at the end of the year)

Selection Policy

MASCs goal is to have our fastest possible team swimming in the final in September.

Swimmers attendance, attitude and their performances in training, in other competitions (such as time trials, development meets, local meets) and in the Diddy League itself are what we base our selection on.


All selected swimmers must wear MASC Team kit which includes a MASC swim cap and t-shirt.

Team MASC parents are expected to be the loudest group of parents during the competition!

Swimmers are to remain on poolside for the duration of each event, including for the announcement of scores.

If they need to use the toilet or visit the changing village then they must inform one of the team managers, who will be made clear to them at the first opportunity