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BBCOR Baseball Bats

What are BBCOR Baseball Bats? It's the question everyone seems too afraid to ask and most people pretend to know the answer to. Most people remember the mass exodus from traditional composite bats a few years ago. As a result of more intuitive testing methods. And the subsequent waves it created at the upper levels of amateur baseball. The previous testing method performed on aluminum baseball bats was referred to as BESR, or Bat Exit Speed Ratio. Certification and measured the the ratio between the exit speed of the ball off the bat and the speed of the pitch at the point of contact. The issue with this method is that composite bats by design break down over time. And as a result, the composite fibers become more elastic and will create faster exit speeds than those shown in the factories during testing. For safety purposes, the industry adapted the BBCOR certification.

Drop  3 Baseball Bats

In order to better protect players, all drop 3 baseball bats starting in 2011 would need to meet BBCOR certification. BBCOR, or Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution, measures the trampoline effect of the bat. That is, how responsive the barrel is to a baseball at the point of contact. This new emphasis on the barrel's response is the result of a better understanding that the exit speed is not a solid determining factor in long-term performance of a bat. The BBCOR certification ensures that the drop 3  baseball bats will react the same on the first hit as well as the last. Before the BBCOR certification, composite barrels would flex slightly inward so the ball would hold on to some of its kinetic energy and result in longer and harder hit baseballs. Every BBCOR certified bat will feature a BBCOR Certified .50 tag that ensures that it meets certification, has a weight ratio no larger than -3 and has with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8-inches. All of these features are part of conscious effort to make aluminum and composite bats perform more like their wood counterparts in an attempt to get the game of baseball back to its humble roots.

 

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