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Extreme OT - Suggestions on coaching youth baseball

I need help, plus some snark (which I am sure that I will receive at RR). My son has talked me into being the manager of his 11-12 year old baseball team. Unfortunately, my idea of a Little League baseball coach from growing up in the 1970s is Buttermaker from the Bad News Bears with a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other. Unfortunately being Buttermaker will probably not be good for the kids (although I would enjoy the games more). The league has seven teams with ten players per team. Per league rules, all players must play the field every other inning and all players bat (even if not in the field the last half inning). Games last an hour and forty minutes or seven innings. It is a competitive league, and I managed to draft three good pitchers and a good catcher. There are two games a week and a pitcher can only go three innings, else he is ineligible to pitch the next game.

I have not played competitive baseball in 25 years and I only played through the 7th grade as my high school did not have a baseball team. I have coached basketball when in high school and swim team while I was in college and law school; however, I have not coached baseball. Is there any suggested literature I should read on coaching youth baseball or any videos that I should view? Likewise, is there specific drills that I should utilize, other than just have the kids take batting practice in the cage and infield practice? This age group has a limited attention span, so I would like to have them occupied as much as possible, and I will have one or two coaches. If there are any other suggestions (lineup, pitching or batting mechanics, etc.), please feel free to add.

Lastly, the name of my team is the Cubs. Should I sacrifice a goat prior to first pitch to get rid of the Curse of the Billy Goat?

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