Prep baseball teams adjust to new bat regulations

If you love watching home runs sail over the outfield fences, then you might be in for a bit of a disappointment at high school baseball games across Michigan this spring.
Matt DeYoung
Apr 11, 2012

Following the lead taken by the NCAA, the high school athletic associations across the country have placed new regulations on the bats used by student athletes.

The new regulated BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bats are supposed to react more like wood bats, with smaller sweet spots than some of the high-tech bats on the market today.

“In the long run, it won’t effect us a whole lot, but right now, the kids have to get used to using the new BBCOR bat,” said first-year Grand Haven head baseball coach Mike Hansen. “It has a smaller sweet spot, around 2-4 inches, versus in the past, 6-8 inches on traditional aluminum bats.

“It should put the emphasis on pitching and defense, moving runners, things like that.

“Plus, it’s safer. The ball doesn’t bounce off these bats nearly as fast is it does off traditional aluminum bats.”

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Little correction. It's not BBC Core. It is BBCOR, or Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution.

Matt DeYoung

Correction noted and changed in the article. Thanks for the heads-up

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