What Is a BBCOR Bat?
A BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bat is a composite bat that features safer levels of accelerated break standards and ball exit speeds. In the past, composite or alloy bats would hit the ball further than wood bats because they flexed inward when they made contact with the ball and retained some energy from the pitch. BBCOR is a standard that ensures alloy, composite and other non-wood bats perform similarly to wood bats. Since 2012, BBCOR bats have been adopted as the standard for all NCAA, high school, and little league players. The adoption of BBCOR in organized play was meant to improve player safety and limit the performance advantages players receive from using non-BBCOR bats.
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What Does BBCOR Mean?
BBCOR is an acronym for "Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution." Simple, right? We didn’t think so. Ok, look at it this way. Imagine dropping a heavy object on a trampoline, but the trampoline’s springs are coiled extremely tightly, causing the object to careen wildly in a random direction when it makes contact. Now, imagine you loosened those springs just enough for the object to ricochet smoothly and quickly in a predictable, controlled manner. In the analogy, a traditional aluminum bat is the over-tightened trampoline, while a BBCOR bat is the perfectly-tuned trampoline. The result is a bat that performs much more like a traditional wooden bat than an aluminum one. So, next time someone asks, "what does BBCOR stand for," you'll know exactly what BBCOR stands for.
BBCOR vs. Wood
Although BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bats are meant to perform similarly to wood bats, each type of bat has unique advantages and disadvantages. For example, BBCOR bats are considered safer than their wooden counterparts because they are harder to break and don't splinter if they do break. BBCOR bats oftentimes have larger sweet spots than wood bats as well. However, BBCOR bats cannot be used in the MLB and some players prefer the feel of a traditional wood bat to that of a BBCOR bat. Nevertheless, the BBCOR standard has helped level the playing field for bat performance and improved safety for players of all ages. Look around any little league team, high school or college team and you'll see BBCOR bats in use.
What Is The Best BBCOR Bat?
Take your pick. Easton makes BBCOR bats for virtually every age and skill level of baseball player. Whether you're a little leaguer, a high school ball player, an NCAA athlete or in an adult league, there's a perfect BBCOR bat for your needs from Easton. A few examples:
MAKO® Beast: The one. The only. The legendary MAKO® Beast takes the longest two-piece composite barrel and mashes it up with the game’s fastest swing weight. Featuring BBCOR technology, the Beast also has a 1.2mm HYPERSKIN grip so you can handle all types of contact.
Easton Z-Core Hybrid: A two-piece bat, the Z-Core Hybrid is big, it’s bad, and it knows it. Recognized as the number one bat in college ball, this bat has seen more College World Series® action than any other. Patented two-piece ConneXion technology affords the batter maximum energy transfer and stability through the hitting zone.
Easton Z-Core Speed Torq: This bat features a reinforced HMX aluminum barrel for more durability along with a massive sweet spot. It also features Easton’s patented Torq rotating handle technology.
Easton Speed Brigade S400: With its durable aluminum alloy body, this one-piece BBCOR bat offers ample power combined with a light swing weight and a big, fat sweet spot.