Here’s what you need to know about the new BBCOR certification and where to buy BBCOR bats.
Now in the 2012 season, BBCOR bats are required in all college and high school baseball.
Last year, 2011, BBCOR approved bats were required in college, as well as California high school baseball and other select leagues. But most high schools could still use bats approved by the previous standard, BESR.
Where to buy BBCOR certified bats
Most -3 metal bats you’ll see at major baseball equipment stores are BBCOR certified and they’ll say BBCOR along with the model name, like “Demarini Voodoo BBCOR -3.”
Here are some quick links to the BBCOR bats at a few stores. For easy reference, bookmark this page or post a link to it on your school or team website.
Amazon – click here
Eastbay ->click here
Baseball Express ->click here
Baseball Rampage ->click here
Baseball Savings – click here
HomerunMonkey – click here
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Why the change from BESR to BBCOR and what does it mean?
BESR stands for Ball Exit Speed Ratio
BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution
Both of these involve limiting how fast the ball can come off the bat compared to how fast it was going before it hits the bat.
The BESR calculation includes Coefficient of Restitution. And the governing bodies have even said that the new BBCOR certification includes the old BESR standard.
The BIG DIFFERENCE between BBCOR and BESR is that the new BBCOR certification includes an “Accelerated Break-In Test” (ABI).
The ABI is basically an attempt to make sure the bats don’t exceed acceptable performance limits in a “well-used” condition, because that was the big problem — bats with composite barrels performing better, with more trampoline effect, over time as the barrel walls became more flexible.
So if someone tries to tell you they know what BBCOR is and how “the science” is so different from BESR just based on what those acronyms mean, they’re definitely full of it.
A new name was needed for the bat certification mostly to make it easier for everyone to know which bats passed the new tests. BBCOR or any other name is just much easier to differentiate from BESR than say, BESR-2. Of course they probably stuck with an acronym because acronyms always look “official” and complicated and as if they’re handed down from a bureacratic organization. Mission accomplished.
I wrote these in April 2011, but I’ll leave them up so we can see how wrong (or right?!) I was.
1) Every bat advertisement you’ll see for the next two years will have BBCOR emblazoned all over it, and probably the words “legal” and/or “illegal” to either reassure you or scare you into buying the BBCOR bats from that store.
2) During the College World Series they’ll talk about BBCOR in each of the first three to five games, maybe more. And we’ll get to see several play-by-play guys and ex-pros doing the color commentary poorly attempt to sound like they know what the heck this stuff is.
3) BESR bat prices will drop like a rock. There will be plenty of good deals for bats you can use in high school baseball this spring and summer, as well as batting practice for a few years. Example – Baseball Rampage has two Demarini composite bats approved for high school this 2011 season, brand new 2011 models marked down $50 and $60 because of the BBCOR craze. Click here to see them.
4) A few VPs at baseball manufacturing companies will get promotions or bonuses for awesome sales in 2011 and 2012. Of course sales are going to go through the roof! A new certification will artificially spike sales of anything.
5) By the end of the 2012 season someone will figure out how some BBCOR-certified bats eventually exceed the BBCOR standard.
6) When that happens…do you think we’ll just go to wood bats already? Or will we have to go through yet another ridiculous round of new certifications and race to sell newly-labeled metal bats? Only time will tell.