The BBCOR certification standards have been in play for a few years now, but for many players and parents who are new to the game, it may be unclear exactly what BBCOR standards are and why they are important. You will find that a lot of the baseball bats made by Rude American USA, including the Mother Of All Bats (MOAB) line are BBCOR Certified. But what does that mean and why does it matter to you?
WHAT IS BBCOR CERTIFICATION?
In 2017, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) adopted a standard for testing baseball bat performance. This standard is known as the Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. BBCOR essentially regulates the amount of bounce that a bat can have. The criteria for the standard are that bats can not receive a score at no higher than .50.
The bats must also follow several guidelines. The diameter of a bat can be no more than 2 ⅝ inches, the drop weight must be below -3, and bats may not be longer than 36 inches.
WHY DO BATS NEED TO BE BBCOR CERTIFIED?
The BBCOR standard was created because bats made of different materials perform differently. Traditionally, bats were made of wood — a material that causes baseballs to lose energy when the bat comes in contact with the ball. In contrast, composite bats were once capable of sending a ball out at speeds over 120mph. On one hand, the BBCOR standard levels the field, almost equaling the performance of both composite and wooden bats. On the other hand it made baseball safer. The BBCOR standard saw to lower the speed at which the ball comes off the bat by 5 percent.
DOES MY PLAYER NEED TO USE A BBCOR CERTIFIED BASEBALL BAT?
While the standard has been in place for a few years now, many players and parents who are new to the sport may be unfamiliar with the standards. The short answer is, Yes! The long answer is yes; BBCOR is the standard that the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have adopted. BBCOR bats are also allowed in certain divisions of little league baseball.
You can find our complete line of BBCOR.50 Mother of All Bats at Rude American where you can find the right bat for you. We offer Speed Engineered bats and Power Engineered with performance in mind. Contact us today.