The BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) formula provides a better measure of the bat's performance and therefore allows the rules committee and bat testing laboratories to better predict field performance based on lab tests. The goal is that non-wood bats that meet this new standard will perform similarly to wood bats.
All BBCOR bats will incorporate a logo mark once certification approval is granted. This mark will be consistent across every approved bat design so umpires will easily identify approved bats. For a bat to be legal in the 2011 season, it must be BBCOR approved; therefore, no BESR bats will be allowed.
Last year the manufacturer's were only making BBCOR bats for college players. As a result, they rushed to get something to market that a college player could use.
From the manufacturer's point of view, the number of players in college is a much smaller base of players so they did not produce their entire line and no one was able to produce a full composite BBCOR bat in time for use during the season.
Fast forward to today, and think of the number of High Schools in the country and how many are playing baseball. Then think of how the typical high school freshman to senior is a different athlete from the typical 6' 200+ pound college player. There is a lot more work that needs to go into developing a line of BBCOR bats that fit a larger amount of players.
Let's not also forget that BBCOR is mandatory this year for every high school player so EVERYONE needs a new bat. Now each of the manufacturer's have what I would call a 3-tier pricing above an entry level bat. They are typically $200, $300, or $400 and are generally a one-piece alloy, and composite handle/alloy barrel, and a full composite.
Any of these bats will feel much better than what was available for play last year.
Each BBCOR bat will have a certain swing weight to them even though they are still a minus 3 differential. One BBCOR bat may feel more balanced, while another BBCOR bat may feel very end loaded or top heavy.
It is not meant to confuse anyone, but rather give each player the ability to find a BBCOR bat that "feels" best for the type of player they are.
I hope that helps, at least a little bit. -- MATT
Abstract: The BBCOR formula provides a better measure of the bat's performance and therefore allows the rules committee and bat testing laboratories to better predic...
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