While talking about college baseball leagues especially NCAA baseball, first thing that pops into our mind is the high quality BBCOR baseball bats that are used by the players.
A variety of these bats are manufactured each year. Today our task is to find out what is so special about these bats and how BBCOR baseball bats are actually made? For this purpose we need to look into BBCOR standard in detail.
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Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution or BBCOR standard sets a limit to the amount of energy released when the bat hits a baseball.
In other words, BBCOR standard regulates the extent of trampoline effect the barrel of a baseball bat should have. Higher the number in the BBCOR test, greater the trampoline effect.
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provide that if you own a BBCOR certified bat then your bat can reach a maximum of 0.50 ball bat coefficient of restitution which is marginally higher than that of a wooden bat.
Additionally BBCOR requires the certified bats to have a maximum barrel diameter of 2 5/8”, be 33 inches long and have a bat drop of -3.
Why was BBCOR Standard implemented?
What was the need of implementing such a standard and why was the previous performance standard that is the BESR replaced with this newer one? Regulatory bodies like NCAA and NFHS had a few compelling evidences that led to the development of BBCOR.
Data showed that with BESR (Ball Exit Speed Ratio) standard, non-wood bats were 5-6% better than the wooden ones. The drastic increase in the performance and therefore the home runs indicated the authorities to come up with a better and stricter testing standard.
With BBCOR standard in place, latest statistics show that the number of home runs has significantly decreased. This is evident of the usefulness of such a regulation.
Safety of the pitchers was also one of the major reasons behind the creation of BBCOR standard. The massive speed with which the ball came towards the pitchers made them vulnerable to serious injuries.
Construction of BBCOR Baseball Bats
In order to meet the BBCOR standard manufacturers find ways to limit the trampoline effect in their baseball bats including thickening up of the barrel walls.
DeMarini, for example, used their half and half technology for reducing the trampoline effect while retaining a larger functional sweet spot.
Easton, on the other hand, focused on increasing the stiffness of their bats by introducing 6 new aluminum and 2 new composite BBCOR bats.
Other manufacturers have placed rings behind the sweet spot that helps in controlling the flex generated while hitting the ball.
Adult BBCOR baseball bats are constructed using composite or aluminum material. These come in a variety of designs consisting of balanced or end loaded weight distribution, flexible or stiff handles and single piece or two piece construction.
Remember – baseball bats made out of pure wood do not require meeting BBCOR standards.
Latest BBCOR Baseball Bats
Most of your favorite baseball bat manufacturing brands have released their latest 2016 BBCOR baseball bats which are even better than their older counterparts.
Some of these bats include 2016 DeMarini CF8 and Voodoo, 2016 Easton Mako and Z-Core, 2016 Combat Maxum BBCOR baseball bat. These bats carry the BBCOR certified 0.50 stamp on them. The top seller amongst these bats is Adidas EQT X3 RBZ BBCOR Baseball for Men.
Many players and trainers have their doubts regarding these restrictions as the bats have gotten longer and heavier whereas the sweet spot have gotten smaller. Nonetheless, if you are playing for NCAA or NFHS leagues, you are supposed to own a BBCOR certified bat.
BBCOR standard has both its pros and cons. One of the pros is that it ensures the safety of the players. One of the cons, on the other hand, could be the effect of this standard on the players. BBCOR baseball bats demand stronger and better hitting skills from the batters.
To conclude our discussion, now that you know all about BBCOR baseball bats, we hope that you will now be able to find the right one for your next baseball game.