BBCOR is the new standard for certified bats in the NCAA and NFHS. Read about NCAA and NFHS Bat Regulation Changes
The BBCOR (bat-ball coefficient of restitution) performance standard replaces the BESR certification.
The BESR test involves striking a stationary bat with a ball and measuring the ratio of the rebounded ball speed to the incoming ball speed. The BESR calculation is intended to predict on-field performance of the bats.
Research has shown the BESR scale is not a perfect representation of on-field performance. BBCOR is an improved method for predicting this.
The BBCOR test is performed using the same procedure that has been used for BESR, but the BBCOR test accounts for the inertia of the bat.
All weight and inertia requirements that applied for BESR-approved bats will still be enforced for BBCOR-approved bats.
The BBCOR certification test also requires composite barrel bats pass the BBCOR limit after undergoing the ABI (accelerated break in) process.
The ABI process is designed to simulate the performance increase due to repeated hitting or bat tampering that commonly occurs with composite barrel bats. This ensures the bats will never exceed the 0.500 BBCOR limit.
Rawlings will introduce a 5150 alloy bat this fall that is BBCOR certified. Rawlings is also developing several new bats for the 2011 season.
or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) for more information on bats with the BBCOR certification.