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Bat Resource Guide

What is the BBCOR Certification?

BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) is something you've probably heard a lot about recently; it's the new standard currently governing adult baseball bats used in collegiate play, and it will be implemented for high school play in 2012. Rather than measuring the ratio of the ball exit speed to pitch and bat speeds (like with BESR), BBCOR measures the trampoline effect of the bat. In the past, when a pitched ball made contact with an alloy or composite bat, the barrel would flex inward ever so slightly and the ball would retain some of its energy resulting in farther hits. Wood bats don't have as much "give" to them and the ball loses much of its energy upon impact. The BBCOR standard ensures that non-wood bats perform more comparably to wood bats in an attempt to level the playing field.

What Happened to BESR?

Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) is the standard that formerly governed adult baseball bats. BESR is found by finding the ratio of ball exit speed to the combined speeds of pitched ball and swung bat.


  1. Which wood should I order?
  2. How do I determine the right length bat for me?
  3. Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection
  4. So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?

Which wood should I order?

We offer our bats in 3 different wood types

  • Maple is the hardest, stiffest wood so it hits further and is most resistant to breakage but has very little flex
  • Birch is a bit less dense than maple and has some flex, it’s performance is between maple and ash
  • Ash is the least dense and most flexible- the grain on ash bats flakes after heavy use and it performs about 15-20% less than maple and is more prone to breakage. Players like ash because they grew up with it (prior to 1998, it was the only wood used to make bats after WWII) 


How do I determine the right length bat for me?

Below is a chart that will give you helpful information regarding a ballpark average for your child. Please remember that the chart only gives averages and does not take into account a players personal preferences. Some players may like a longer bat while others prefer a short bat, and some may like a heavier bat or some may prefer a lighter bat. But what this chart does give you is a starting position to begin your search for a new bat.

Height (in inches)


36-40" 41-44" 45-48" 49-52" 53-56" 57-60" 61-64" 65-68" 69-72" 73"+
Under 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"

61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"

28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"

81-90 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"

28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 32"
29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"

30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"

31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"

Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection


As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power. Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s right for you, swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you’re comfortable with.


Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.

League Requirements:

All Adult Baseball Bats are required to meet the BBCOR Certification, which makes the bat approved for high school and college level play. Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats can best be described as: This bat is designed for players between 13 and 15 years of age as well as younger players whose leagues allow bat diameters larger than 2 1/4 inch. While Youth Baseball Bats can be described as: This bat is approved by ALL youth leagues that allow 2 1/4 inch barrel diameters. To avoid costly surprises, make sure you know all league requirements before you go bat shopping.


This may be the most important factor. Make sure the bat feels right to you, like an extension of your arm and hand. After all, you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together.


So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?

You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Take a look at our Baseball and Softball Bat Care section to get tips on how to make your bat last as long as possible. Confidence can only come from one thing: batting practice. Whatever bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.