BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) is becoming the new standard for measuring bat performance in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). As of January 2011 for NCAA and January 2012 for NFHS, all bats must be BBCOR certified. Basically, BBCOR means that your bat is measured based on how much it compresses when the ball makes contact. The more your bat “gives”, the less the ball distorts and ends up retaining more of its pitched energy. The energy retained from the pitch adds to the power of the bat speed and gives a distinct advantage over other players. Hollow-core aluminum and composite bats have thin walls that “give” more than wood bats. That’s why non-wood bats tend to hit balls much faster.
Faster flight has changed the game of baseball over the last several years. Home runs are far more common than they were 20 years ago, and increased ball speed has significantly influenced the rate of scoring. By switching to BBCOR, the NCAA and NFHS look to create an even playing field in high school and college level baseball. According to their own explanation for switching to the new standard, the NCAA and NFHS want all bats to have the same performance factors as the best wood bats. With BBCOR-certified bats, players will have to swing faster and more accurately to get the same hits as before.
If you have questions about making a transition to the new standard, visit your local Sports Authority and get better acquainted with our selection. Our staff will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect fit and explain the differences in styles and brands. We carry a wide selection of BBCOR-certified bats from some of the top brands in baseball including; DeMarini Brand, Easton Brand, and Louisville Slugger Brand.