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Tips for Choosing a BBCOR Bat

Making the right BBCOR bat choice is really a matter of personal preference for high school players because, like in Major League Baseball, no two hitters are ever exactly alike.  So, as holiday shoppers head to the stores or search online for gifts in the coming weeks, here are some tips from Louisville Slugger to help moms, dads and high school baseball players pick the right bats:

Weight: Generally, bigger, stronger players prefer heavier bats. Smaller players benefit from lighter bats that allow faster bat speed.  Some players prefer a bat that is balanced, while others like one with more weight in the barrel.  BBCOR bats will have weight ranges from 27-31 ounces.  Be sure to find out the player’s weight and balance preferences before making a purchase.

Length: BBCOR bats will range in length from 30-34 inches.  Longer bats give greater reach, so players can hit balls on the opposite side of the plate. But longer bats are also heavier, which can affect bat speed. 

Barrel Diameter: High school and college players are restricted to a maximum barrel diameter of 2-5/8."

Bat Material:

  • Aluminum alloys of different types are used in today’s bats, each with different characteristics. The alloy is often a factor in the price difference among bats.
  • Composite bats combine graphite, fiberglass and resin. Composite bats have a unique sound that some players prefer.
  • Hybrid bats combine aluminum alloy with composite materials so that batters have the best of both worlds: an aluminum barrel with a stiff composite handle.

Feel: This may be the most important factor! The bat should feel comfortable to the hitter.  And no two hitters are exactly alike.  Every player has his own personal preferences when it comes to “feel.”

Sweet Spot: While BBCOR bats will perform more like a wood bat than previous aluminum, composite, and hybrid bats, baseball bat companies can still engineer the sweet spots to be very large, much larger than those on a wood bat.  That means BBCOR bats will continue to perform better than wood bats on inside hits and when a batter fails to make contact squarely on the barrel.  Because of these advantages, most players will want a BBCOR bat with a sweet spot that is as large as it can be. 

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