The awesome balance, and the pop that come with the 100% composite, two piece BBCOR baseball bat are hard to match. Easton added the top of the line “Black Carbon” composite to the handle of the 2013 S1 BBCOR, something that the 2012 did not have. Black Carbon composite is the best composite Easton has ever developed. The new S1 Easton BBCOR is lighter and stronger than the 2012, and the feedback is that the 2013 is much better than the 2012 S1.
Marucci issued the response below:
June 6, 2012
Today we were notified that the 34-inch Cat 5² (MBC2) and 33 and 34-inch Black (MCB11) were decertified by the NCAA. We do not agree with this decision and believe the testing systems currently in place are flawed.
Our customers, both professional and amateur players, demand the very best and have come to expect a level of service from Marucci that is second to none.
In response to the NCAA’s ruling, we will provide all owners of the bats in question a comprehensive return program as proof of our commitment to you. Details on this program will be announced soon.
We thank you for your patience and support as we respond to the NCAA’s latest ruling and testing systems.
Brett Stohlton, CEO, Marucci Sports
Kurt Ainsworth, Co-Founder, Marucci Sports
BBCOR Marucci Black Baseball Bat Banned By NCAA
VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
June 6, 2012
TO: Head Baseball Coaches, Conference Commissioners, Compliance Officers
and Coordinators of Umpires.
FROM: Jeff Hurd, chair
Baseball Rules Committee
SUBJECT: Decertification of Marucci CAT-52 and Black bats.
This memo serves as the NCAA’s official notice of the decertification of the
Marucci CAT-52 34-inch and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models. Effective
immediately, these bats will not be allowed for use in any NCAA baseball
For ease of reference, photos of the bats are below:
The NCAA originally notified Marucci of this decertification in April, at which time Marucci filed suit against the NCAA. A temporary restraining order preventing the decertification of the bats was issued immediately and the district court ordered the proceedings to be kept under seal. On June 5, the district court
unsealed the case and dissolved the temporary restraining order against the
NCAA, thus permitting the NCAA to proceed with the decertifying of the bats.
This was the second time Marucci was notified of one of their bats being
decertified. In February, the Marucci Cat-52
33-inch model was found to be out of compliance and was decertified at that time. Team representatives are asked to check your team’s stock of bats and withhold
these bats if your team is in possession of any. Conference administrators are
asked to share this information with your umpires as well. If any of these bats are
attempted to be used during competition, it should be considered an illegal bat and
subject to NCAA Baseball Rule 1-12-b, (see the penalty section for procedures).
In 2011, the NCAA implemented a baseball bat testing standard called the
Baseball Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) measurement. The decision to
implement the standard was rooted in preserving the integrity of the game and
ensuring the safety of student-athletes – as some non-wood bats hit the ball
significantly faster and farther than wood bats, they can create a significant
competitive advantage and also put players at greater risk of injury. The NCAA
certfies only those non-wood bats that perform like their wood counterparts to be
eligible for competition for this reason. All bats are tested prior to and throughout
the baseball season to ensure they are within the BBCOR standards. If a group of
a specific model of bats (three or more bats tested) are found to fail the
compliance test, they are decertified and removed from use in NCAA
For any questions on this decision, please contact Ty Halpin (Playing Rules,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cameron Schuh (Public and Media Relations,
email@example.com) at the NCAA. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
cc: Mr. Gene McArtor
Baseball Rules Committee
Selected NCAA Staff Members
So you all know that DeMarini has made a huge impact in the baseball bat world over the past ten years. DeMarini first came out with the Vexxum for high school and college play, and it took Easton and TPX by surprise. The Voodoo was right behind the Vexxum and offered the same barrel, but a more high performance composite handle than the Vexxum. Lastly, the full composite DeMarini baseball bats were released, like the CF4 and the CF5. The CF5 is an extremely balanced baseball bat and is among the most popular bat models in baseball.
So the question is: What is the best DeMarini baseball bat?
The Baden Axe bat is a concept thought up by baseball legend, Ted Williams. The theory was, that swinging a baseball bat is a lot like swinging an ax.
Recently, the first MLB BADEN AXE home run was hit by Jimmy Rollins. When he came back after that game, he told us he loved how when he just swung away, the bat just naturally got his hands in the right position.
DeMarini has officially announced details of their new 2013 baseball bats. We have not swung them yet, but we expect good things as always from the Oregon baseball bat company founded by Ray DeMarni.
DeMarini will keep the 2013 CF5, 2013 VooDoo, 2013 Vexxum and 2013 M2M in the line with a few small changes. Bat manufacturers like DeMarini typically upgrade the composite or aluminum in the baseball bat to make the bats more durable.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 gets a upgraded composite that is thinner and stronger (more durable).
The handle of the 2013 Voodoo baseball bat from Demarini gets the new composite, making it a little more durable.
The 2013 DeMarini Vexxum has a new end cap. And is a solid choice for anyone looking for a more balanced baseball bat a price that is not out of the park.
The 2013 DeMarini M2M gets the best graphics of all the new DeMarini baseball bats.
The Cat 5 Marucci has been the most popular BBCOR bat in baseball for the past year and supplies are running low at most dealers. With the easy to swing, balanced feel and very fair price of $199 the Cat 5 is an all around great choice for high school and college baseball players. If you are planning on swinging the Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR this year, you better snatch one up right now, as many dealers are estimating back orders to arrive in April, 2012.
If you can’t find the Marucci Cat 5 in stock, we suggest checking out the Marucci Black BBCOR, which is made from the same aluminum alloy as the Cat 5, but comes with a composite handle and feels even smoother than the Cat 5.
The Rip It Prototype 2 is also a great choice, but can be hard to find as well.
The DeMarini Voodoo is the tried and true veteran in the BBCOR bat world. The Voodoo is still one of the best BBCOR bats out.
We have just seen and swung the new 2012 Rawlings Velo and Rawlings Machine BBCOR bats.
The 5150 stays in the 2012 lineup and remains unchanged from 2011. Rawlings is introducing the 5150 Velo, selling for $249.95 it is based on the 5150 Alloy, but comes with an upgraded end cap that takes away vibration and makes the bat feel more solid.
The Rawlings Machine BBCOR uses the 5150 alloy barrel but has a composite handle, making this $300 BBCOR the comfortable to swing, but also the most end loaded.
The good thing about the 2012 Rawlings BBCOR bats is they are all a little different, and you can tell the minute you hit them.
Here’s a quick break down of the 2012 Rawlings BBCOR bats:
Rawlings 5150 BBCOR – Model BBCA – $199
- Same bat as 2011. No changes.
- One piece all aluminum
- Loud ping
- Very balanced
- A little bit of vibration, not much, but the most of all three of the bats
- Has a hollow, almost golf club feeling when the ball is struck
Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR – Model BB51V – $249
- New for 2012
- One piece all aluminum
- Nice ping sound, but not as loud as original 5150
- Very balanced
- Little to no vibration due to the new end cap
- Feels more solid when the ball is hit
Rawlings Machine BBCOR – BBMC – $299
- New for 2012
- Composite handle with 5150 aluminum alloy barrel
- Least ping sound of all, but sounds good
- End loaded
- No vibration
- Feels great when hitting the ball
We enjoyed all three bats, but if I was going to buy one, it would be the Velo 5150. All the bats have the same “pop” and the Velo being balanced with pretty much no vibration makes it hard to beat.
With recent rule change in the past twelve months, no doubt ball players and their parents are wondering what baseball bats will be legal in Pony Baseball for 2012.
After speaking on the phone with a representative from PONY baseball.
Here are the rules for the 2012 PONY season:
- 2 ¾” barrel bats are NOT approved for play at any level.
- Material is NOT a factor at any level of play.
- Any 2 ¼” barrel non-wood bat that is marked with “1.15 BPF” and stamped “Approved for play in PONY Baseball” can be used at any level of play.
- Any 2 5/8” barrel non-wood bat (that is not a -3) can be used at any level of play.
- If a player wants to use a -3 non-wood bat, it MUST be BBCOR approved.
So the only changes from the 2011 season are:
- 2 ¾” barrel bats are no longer legal
- -3 bats must be BBCOR approved
We procured a couple of Marucci Black BBCOR baseball bats this past week and we were finally able to get a few hundred swings on the shiny, jet black BBCOR bat.
We all know the Marucci Cat5 BBCOR bat is stupid hot. We wanted to see how the Black compared to the white Cat 5. I started with the orignal Cat 5 and was reminded why this is considered one of the best, if not the best BBCOR bat on the market. After about 25 pitches, I eagerly picked up the 2012 model Marucci to see what $100 extra would give me, besides a composite handle.
The sound of the Black is more hollow than the loud ping of the Cat 5, but it is not a funky, unnormal sound, it sounds good.
One thing that sets Marucci BBCOR bats apart from many other bats is the balance, they are simply easier to swing than most other BBCOR’s. (Note: The TPX Z1000 and the Anderson Ignite are also insanely balanced and easy to swing BBCOR bats).
After the first few swings and noticing the balance was giving me added bat control and ability to put the bat on the ball, I realized how smooth and comfortable my hands were. The Harmonic Dampener really does work, there is absolutely no vibration in the Black BBCOR.
Marucci is claims the barrel on the Black has a 33% larger sweet spot… After the first day of testing, I would have to agree. I switched back and forth from the Cat5 to the Black and consistently, I was shocked at how much better I was hitting with the Black. Just minutes earlier, I would have taken the Cat 5 up to bat, no questions asked.
Up until now, I would have said $199 would get you the best BBCOR available, but today unfortunately, I have to throw another hundred on that number and say the Black Marucci is worth the extra $100 if you are a serious baseball player and need to have the best baseball equipment on the diamond.
Since 1999, when Anderson made their first softball bat, there has been only one composite bat to come out of their company, the Anderson Matrix for slow pitch softball.
For 2012, across it’s entire line, they are releasing the Anderson NanoTek with a composite handle in both baseball bats and softball bats.
The Anderson NanoTek BBCOR baseball bat has been in the works for over a year and is expected to hit stores sometime in October or November, 2011
We have an email into Anderson requesting more information regarding the composite material they are using in the new NanoTek bats and we will update this post as soon as we get the down and dirty details.
Okay, so by now, we have all heard of the Easton Power Brigade BBCOR baseball bats. What you may NOT know is there are SIX different BBCOR bats in the Easton Power Brigade line up.
Basically, there are white barreled bats, and black barreled bats in the 2012 Easton bat line.
What’s the difference between the white and black Easton Power Brigade?
White barrel Power Brigade bats have a larger sweet spot, BUT are more end loaded/heavier feeling.
Black barrel Power Brigade bats have a smaller barrel/sweet spot, allowing for a faster swing.
Easton Representative Bryan Kaye compares the new BBCOR bats pretty well in this video.