What is BBCOR Explained
Watch this bbcor youtube video to see whatt bbcor means and why bbcor is the new standard for baseball bats.
The previous standard for bat performance was a ratio comparing with the incoming pitch to the speed of the ball, off the bat.
Since this standard was put into effect in the last 3 years alone, runs have increased 14% and home runs have jumped to 38%.
Pictcher safety was also an issue because of 90mph pitch can come off on an old bat at 108mph, reaching the mound in less than 375ms.
Depending on a pitcher’s follow through, pitchers are vulnerable to comebackers which can hit an unprotected heads with over 4000lbs of force. That’s comparable to getting hit in the head with the bat moving at 20mph.
NCAA’s new method of measuring bat performance is what’s called the BBCOR which stands for Ball Back Coefficient of Restitution.
It gauges how much energy is lost in ball bat collision. Essentially the bat springs. A higher number indicates a greater trampoline effect which helps launch the ball off the bat.
The new standard sets the maximum BBCOR at 0.5, which is only slightly higher than datable wooden bat.
In our test, contact with new conforming bat resulted in balls that compress to 78% of its original size.
The sweet spot is estimated to be about 2inches smaller. And on average, balls leave the new bats 5% slower than the old bats.
When factor in all the variables including pitch speed, swing speed and launch angle, this 5% decrease can turn a 400FT home run off the old bat, into a 375ft long fly ball off the new bat.
So will these new bats make for a safer game? Only time will tell but so far this season, home runs as a percentage of balls in play have already decreased by roughly 35%.