What is BBCOR? {What’s So Special in BBCOR Baseball Bats?}

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More than 500,000 high school and college students play baseball. An important thing to remember when you want to play the sport is having a bat that is BBCOR certified.

However, a lot of players don’t know the exact meaning of BBCOR, and how it affects the performance of a baseball bat.

Therefore, to help you, let me first answer the basic question, “What does BBCOR mean?”

Let’s get started.

What is BBCOR?

BBCOR stands for ‘Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution’. It measures the amount of energy lost when a baseball bat comes into contact with the ball. If the BBCOR value is high, then the ball will leave the bat at a high speed. While if the BBCOR value is low, then the ball will leave the bat at a slightly slower speed.

It is introduced by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

There are also three other rules that need to be followed:

  • Bat diameter can’t be more than 2 5/8 inches
  • Drop weight can’t be higher than -3
  • Length of the bat can’t be more than 36 inches

A Simple Explanation of BBCOR

BBCOR stands for “Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution”.

Everyone knows that, but what does it actually mean?

The BBCOR is all about coefficient that tells how fast a ball leaves after making contact with the bat.

It tells about the energy that is lost during the bat’s contact with the baseball.

The maximum limit is 0.5.

Now, I’ll try to show you an easy way to understand it.

Take a look at this gif image.

bbcor meaning explanation

What do you see?

A ball is dropped from a certain height on the table. After making contact with the surface, the ball bounces back and reached a certain height (less than the height from which it was dropped).

Here, the surface acts as a baseball bat.

Suppose, here, the BBCOR is 0.5.

If the BBCOR value is higher than 0.5, then after bouncing back, it’ll reach a higher point as compared to the previous because it has more kinetic energy.

While if the BBCOR value is less than 0.5, then the ball will reach a lower point as compared to the first one. That means this time, the balls reach the minimum height because the ball lost some of the energy.

The same thing happens in a real baseball game.

If the BBCOR value is higher than 0.5, then after getting in contact with the bat, the ball will leave the bat with maximum energy at great speed. The ball at a high speed can be a risk for the pitcher because he is unprotected and very close to the hitter who is still in motion after throwing the pitch.

Therefore, the concept of BBCOR was introduced.

So, there will be a standard rule that a bat should not have a BBCOR value of higher than 0.5.

What about BBCOR Baseball Bats?

When we talk about the BBCOR bats, we mean those bats that follow the BBCOR standards.

If the BBCOR value is 0.5 or below, and if it follows the below-mentioned criteria, then it is a BBCOR certified bat.

The criteria are:

  • Drop weight can’t be more than -3
  • Bat diameter can’t be more than 2 5/8 inches
  • Length of the bat can’t be more than 36 inches

How to Tell If a Bat is BBCOR Certified or Not?

You can’t tell whether a bat is BBCOR certified or not by just looking at the bat.

Even by just taking it in your hand, you can’t guess its BBCOR value.

The best thing you can do is to check the BBCOR Certified Mark on the bat. However, you should know that this BBCOR Certified Mark will only be found on non-wood bats like aluminum or composite bats.

BBCOR Baseball Bat Mark

You can clearly see on the Marucci baseball bat the BBCOR Certified Mark.

BBCOR certification mark on baseball bat

Wood Bats and BBCOR

wooden bamboo bat bbcor certified

For playing in High School Baseball and College Level Baseball, there is no requirement of BBCOR Certification for the wood bats that are made from one piece of solid wood. You should note that this excludes Bamboo.

While if the wood bats are constructed from Bamboo or from a combination of wood, and contain some composite materials, then, in that case, the BBCOR certification mark is required.

Final Words

If you want to play in High School or College Baseball, then a BBCOR Certified Baseball Bat is very important for you.

Before purchasing a bat, make sure to check the BBCOR Certified Mark on the bat. If the mark is not present, then it is not BBCOR certified.

I hope that the concept of BBCOR has been cleared for you, and you’ll not get confused between BBCOR bats and other bats.

If you have any questions or suggestions, then feel free to share them below!

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Vijay Singh
I started playing Baseball when I was 13 years old. I never made to MLB or any big league, but played enough to share some knowledge.

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