BBCOR Bats: Here to Stay Due to a Vivid History

BBCOR baseball bats

The BBCOR baseball bats are going to be around for a while, especially because they can send the ball flying. In the four years that BBCOR bats have been the bat of choice for NCAA teams and travel ball teams, there have been several studies conducted on the efficiency of the bat. The aluminum bat can outhit the wooden bat. If you have never used one, the time to switch is now.


Controversy Over Safety No Longer Exists

There has been and will be continued discussion about the safety of the BBCOR bat, especially since the ball comes hard off of the bat. This discussion started in 1974, when wooden bats were replaced with aluminum bats during the college baseball season. The aluminum bats of old days are now gone. The BBCOR bats are designed to have the same ball speed as wooden bats have now. This makes them just as a safe, and in some cases, safer than the wooden bats that are used in the big leagues.


Brief History of Aluminum and Composite Bats in the NCAA

In 1974, the first aluminum baseball bats were used in college baseball. The driving force behind introducing this style of bat was cost. Wooden bats break and replacing them can be expensive. These early aluminum bats were weighty and they performed similarly to wooden bats. Eventually, manufacturers created bats that had better aluminum alloys that became lighter so the bats became better to use than wooden bats.


In 1986, the NCAA started a rule about the weight of the bat. Players were using bats that were incredibly light, so they were able to swing them faster than wooden bats. The NCAA did investigate the speed of balls coming off of the bats at this time. When the imposed this rules, bat performance decreased.


In 1999, the NCAA adopted the BESR (Ball-Exit-Speed Ratio) standard and the standard remained in place for a decade. In 1998, NCAA baseball players were setting new records like never before, so something had to be done. The rules dictated that the barrel could not be any larger than 2.5 inches and the bats had to have drop-3 weight. This was determined by the weight of the bat and the length of the bat. There could not be more than -3 between the two measurement.


Ten years later, in 2009, the composite bat was officially banned. The NCAA found that the BESR bats only got more powerful the more they were used. A properly “broken-in” bat was a hot bat that outperformed any other style of bat. So, the only thing left to do was to ban them completely.


Two years later, the BBCOR standard was put in place, but only after the new bats were tested against all other types of bats. In order for a bat to receive the BBCOR stamp, it must not be able to send the ball at a greater rate than a wooden bat does. The standard is known as the BBCOR=0.50. This standard is still in place today as the composite bats are not outperforming wooden bats.


Unfortunately, batting averages and scoring has dropped significantly in the last few years. Most people blame the BBCOR standard for this fall. Since the game of baseball is seeing drops in attendance and fewer children playing at a young age, the NCAA had to do something to make the game more exciting. So, they decided in 2015 to use the MLB flat-seam baseball. The data showed that flat-seam baseballs have a lower drag co-efficient than the baseballs with raised-seams. This means that 25% of the time, a flat-seamed fall will go farther. This means that home-run numbers and extra-base hits should increase. Even though the numbers for homeruns and batting averages have decreased, these numbers are based on the statistics for the BESR days when the bats were artificially increasing statistics.


Shop the M^Powered Lineup of BBCOR Bats

At M^Powered, we offer a collection of BBCOR bats that perform. They are easy to swing and they offer a powerful sweet spot. The trampoline effect exists and those who have used our BBCOR bats know it. Our BBCOR bats do not need to be broken in; they are powerful from the day you take it out of the box. The best part, is that they do not break like wooden bats. So, you will be able to use your M^Powered alloy BBCOR bat for a long time.


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