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BBCOR Bats

Looking for the best place to buy and get recommendations on BBCOR Bats?

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Where to Buy BBCOR Bats?

Brand Specific BBCOR Bats

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Where to Find the Right BBCOR Bats?

Recommending the right BBCOR bat is our specialty. We’ve spent countless hours hitting every BBCOR bat since early 2015.

We’ve reviewed them all.

If you want to see our best BBCOR selections check here.

If you want to see our individual reviews of each BBCOR bat then sort below.

2021 BBCOR Bats

As of today, no 2021 BBCOR bats have been released. There are several, however, that are on the horizon, including the 2021 Meta. But, with COVID changing bat distribution considerably over the last few months, we expect many of the 2021 BBCOR bats to be released later than they usually are.

BBCOR Bat Reviews

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Anderson Flex

2017 Anderson Flex Review | Upgraded End Caps
2017 BBCOR Flex Review

Two years ago, we took the new Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Easton Hybrid Z-Core XL

2016 Easton Hybrid Z-Core XL Review
2016 BBCOR Hybrid Z-Core XL Review

Easton's 2016 Hybrid Z-Core from Easton is a heavier swinging two piec… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini CF Zen

2019 DeMarini CF Zen Review
2019 BBCOR CF Zen Review

We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini C… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Dirty South Kamo

Dirty South KAMO BBCOR Review
2019 BBCOR Kamo Review

After discussing with several players that have used the BBCOR Dirty S… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Marucci CAT 8

2019 Marucci CAT 8 Review
2019 BBCOR CAT 8 Review

After a month of use with the BBCOR and USSSA versions of the CAT 8 we… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Mizuno Covert

2018 Mizuno Covert Review | BBCOR Options
2018 BBCOR Covert Review

The 2018 Mizuno Covert is a two piece hybrid bat in its third year of … Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Easton Project 3 ADV

Easton Project 3 ADV Review
2019 BBCOR Project 3 ADV Review

Easton's top end bat for 2019 is called the Project 3 ADV. The ADV com… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Easton Elevate

2019 Easton Elevate Review
2019 BBCOR Elevate Review

After hitting with the 2019 Easton Elevate and discussing the bat with… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini Voodoo One

2019 DeMarini One Review
2019 BBCOR Voodoo One Review

Not much has changed on the 2019 Voodoo One. It comes in a number of s… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Louisville Slugger Meta Prime

2019 Slugger Meta 9 Prime Review
2019 BBCOR Meta Prime Review

After a couple hundred hits with the 2019 Slugger Meta 9 Prime BBCOR … Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Axe Element

2018 Axe Element Review
2018 BBCOR Element Review

Axe's entry level performance bat in 2018 is the Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini The Goods

2020 DeMarini The Goods Review
2020 BBCOR The Goods Review

2020 DeMarini The Goods Review: Endloaded, Stiff, Bi… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini CF

2020 DeMarini CF Review
2020 BBCOR CF Review

The 2… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Louisville Slugger Prime

2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review
2020 BBCOR Prime Review

Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime review consists of years of data col… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Marucci F5

2018 Marucci F5 Review | New Bats, Same Barrels
2018 BBCOR F5 Review

Marucci came out with a new bat for 2018. It is the first performance … Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Louisville Slugger Select

2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review
2020 BBCOR Select Review

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville … Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Louisville Slugger Solo

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo Review
2020 BBCOR Solo Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo Review: Light, Value, Go… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Marucci CAT 8

2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review | Cat 9 Release Date Pushed
2020 BBCOR CAT 8 Review

As of now, COVID has pushed the release of the CAT 9 back to August of… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal

2020 Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal Review
2020 BBCOR Posey28 Pro Metal Review

The 2020 Posey28 Metal is the same, save the colorway, as the 2020 CAT… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini Voodoo

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review
2020 BBCOR Voodoo Review

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review: Best Hybrid. Proven. The… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

DeMarini Voodoo

2020 DeMarini Voodoo One Review
2020 BBCOR Voodoo Review

We have hit with every DeMarini Voodoo bat since 2015. Cage and game h… Full Review

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Wood BBCOR Bats

There are more wood bat brands than most people have ever heard of. We try and keep track of several of them here. We have also hit with the vast majority of these and put our wood bat ratings and recommendations on the individual reviews. See our
wood bat reviews.

Commonly Asked Best BBCOR Questions​

Now that you have narrowed down the best choices for your 2017 BBCOR bat, you may have some questions. There are several we have fielded and think this might be a good place to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about BBCOR Bats.

What is a BBCOR Bat?

BBCOR bats are drop 3 bats used in regulation play for collegiate and high-school baseball players. The rules enforcing BBCOR standards have been in place from around 2012. Previous to this standard BESR bats ruled the day but, today, those are illegal in most leagues.

Are BBCOR Bats Legal in 2020?

Yes, since 2014 BBCOR bats have been the standard for high school and collegiate play. There is not even a rumor that BBCOR bats standards will change anytime soon. New USA Bat standards will not effect BBCOR players.

Can BBCOR bats be legally rolled or shaved?

Most agree that rolling a BBCOR bat is illegal. Everyone agrees that shaving a BBCOR bat is illegal. We discuss the concepts of shaving and rolling bats here. In short, we never recommend it for a host of reasons. Not the least of which are the bats duraiblity and it is flat cheating.

Can BBCOR bats be used in little league?

It depends on the league within Little League. Major division and below requires USA Bats. Intermediate (50\/70) and Junior League Baseball divisions can use either BBCOR or USA. Senior League Baseball must use the BBCOR standard. Some other leagues for youth players that are requiring USA bats are also allowing BBCOR bats. But, you’ll need to check with the local league to see their policy.

Can BBCOR bats be used in USSSA?

Some 13U and 14U USSSA leagues may allow BBCOR bats. But, you’ll need to check with that specific league. Although BBCOR bats have less pop than USSSA baseball bats the younger leagues are still required to swing a USSSA and not a BBCOR bat. We are not sure why anyone would want to do this anyways.

Do BBCOR bats need to be broken in?

If the bats have a composite barrel then they need to be broken in. If they have an aluminum barrel then they do not need to be broken in.

Do BBCOR bats lose pop?

Yes. Both composite and aluminum barreled BBCOR bats lose their pop over time. There is some argument as to when this begins. Some aluminum bats can hold their pop for years and years and thousands of hits. Some composite barrelled BBCOR bats appear to keep getting hotter and hotter over the years. But, in terms of pure physics, aluminum begins to break down with micro dents and composite BBCOR bats are designed to never cross a certain line of performance without breaking.

Do BBCOR bats have less pop?

In the long run, we all go dead. BBCOR bats too. Good ones can last several years and several thousand hits. Sometimes micro dents on aluminum barrels can affect performance in a noticeable way. It would be unlikely for this occur with a performance BBCOR aluminum barrelled bat within the first few thousand hits. Composite BBCOR bats tend to crack and break when they officially lose their pop.

Are BBCOR bats composite or aluminum?

Some BBCOR bats are made of composite parts while others are aluminum. There are three types of composite BBCOR Bats, roughly: Some have a handle that is composite and the barrel aluminum (these are called hybrids). Others are made of a two pieces that are both composite. (These are called two piece composites) A few are made of a single piece of composite. (These are called single piece composites.

Do BBCOR bats have less pop?

BBCOR bats have less pop than softball bats and USSSA baseball bats. But, they have the same amount of pop as a USA Bat. BBCOR bats are designed to perform like wood bats but, as we note many times on this site, the length of the sweet spot and barrel size can be dramatically enhanced with a composite bat even if the peak performance is equal to wood.

Are BBCOR bats legal for pony league?

Yes. Colt 16U and Palomino 18U Pony League players are required to use BBCOR Bats. Other PONY leagues can use BBCOR bats as well as the new USA Bat standard.

Are BBCOR bats legal for high school?

Yes. BBCOR bats are legal and required for high school (NFHS). No other bats are allowed in high school play. Single piece wood bats are considered BBCOR bats.

Are BBCOR bats legal for Babe Ruth?

It depends on the Babe Ruth League. 13U and 15U Babe Ruth leagues can use either Babe Ruth or USA Bats. Under 13U leagues cannot use BBCOR and must use the new USA Bat.

Are BBCOR bats better than wood?

Generally, yes. They might not have a maximum trampoline greater than wood, but the controlled swing weight and larger barrel size make them preferable to wood bats. In other words, wood bats are more difficult to hit well than a good BBCOR bat.

Are all BBCOR bats drop 3?

Yes. All BBCOR bats are drop 3. It is a requirement of the BBCOR test that they weigh no less than 3 ounces less than the bat is long (measured in inches).

Are all BBCOR bats the same?

Absolutely not. We spend a considerable amount of time hitting with BBCOR bats, and have for several years, different BBCOR bats feel much different.

When are BBCOR bats required?

Leagues differ, but most start around the age of 13 or 14 and run through college baseball. Although, some college divisions don’t allow BBCOR bats, only wood.

Are all wood bats BBCOR?

Yes. All single piece wood bats are considered BBCOR. Do note, several composite wood bats are made of multiple pieces and are only BBCOR if they are stamped as such.

Where to buy BBCOR bats?

BBCOR bats can be bought just about anywhere baseball bats are for sale. There are a lot of one vendort and the vast majority of serious sporting good stores will have a baseball sections with BBCOR bats

What BBCOR bats are illegal?

A few BBCOR bats in the last few years have been banned. When the standard first came out there were a few. We wrote about a an article discussing illegal BBCOR bats here.

What BBCOR bats are colleges using?

Colleges use different types of BBCOR bats. However, they are almost always the name brand bats. Many companies have deals with serious baseball schools and pay them sponsorship dollars to use their bats. As a general rule, expect the most recent Easton, Rawlings, Louisville Slugger and DeMarini BBCOR bats to be used at most colleges.

What BBCOR bat has the biggest sweet spot?

Barrel size and sweet spot size are not one and the same. But, they are likely correlated. We measured the barrel sizes of most BBCOR bats.

How long do BBCOR bats last?

It really depends on the type of bat. Some break early. Those are usually composites. Some last a generation (or so it seems). As a general rule, expect to get at least a really good season out of your BBCOR bat. Likely two or even three. Which BBCOR bat is the most balanced? We measured the swing weight for every BBCOR bat. When we saw most balanced it likely means the lightest swinging bat for its size. It depends on the length you are looking for. We talk about the a the most balanced BBCOR baseball bats.

What does BBCOR bats stand for?

Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution

What is the Difference Between 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 BBCOR Bats?

The short answer is not much. If anything, the 2017 market has seen a surge of single piece hybrid bats. They give the stiff feel of an aluminum bat but lower the swing weight by using an extended composite end cap. Both the 617 Solo and Axe Hyperwhip, that made the best BBCOR 2017 list above, are single piece hybrid bats. And, both bats, are also new for 2017.

What BBCOR bat has the most pop?

Almost every BBCOR bat on the market meets the .50 BBCOR standard somewhere along the barrel. But, better bats tend to have a longer sweet spot along the length of the barrel and others, still, meet the standard at different pitch speeds. As a general rule, more expensive bats tend to do better at mulitple pitch speeds and longer across the length of the barrel. If we accept that rule, then bats like the 917 Prime, CF Zen, Rawlings Quatro and Easton Beast have the best pop. But these are, at best, debatable claims.

What are BBCOR bats made out of?

There are two types of material BBCOR bats are produced from. Composite is a type of plastic that performance bats often use. Aluminum alloy is a type of metal some other bats implement. Some bats use a combination of Composite and Aluminum and are referred to as Hybrid bats.

What is a Drop 3 baseball bat?

The drop of a baseball bat is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. A drop 3 bat, as one example, can be of 33 inches and weigh 30 ounces. All BBCOR bats are drop 3 bats. As such, the best 2017 BBCOR bats are also the best drop 3 bats.

What is a BESR certified bat?

BESR is the bat standard that existed before BBCOR. It stood for Ball Exit Speed Ratio. It did not determine the exit speed of bats after they have been worked in and was therefore eventually scrapped for the current BBCOR standard.