What Are The Official Rules Of Beer Pong?

Beer Pong is an interesting game played by teams of two. It is a fun activity usually played at parties and other casual events. For those who are not that familiar with it, you should know that Beer Pong is a type of drinking game where a ping-pong ball is thrown across the table to land in the opponent’s cup. Read on to find out more.

What do I need to know in general to play Beer Pong?

Playing Beer Pong is easy and fun. Each person in the teams of two takes turns to throw the ping-pong ball into the opposing team’s cup. The cups are full of beer or other alcoholic beverages.

When the ball lands in the cup, the opponent will have to drink the content of the cup and the cup will be removed. The main objective of the game is to eliminate all the cups of the opposing team before yours is eliminated.

What equipment is necessary for Beer Pong?

Besides having two teams made up of two people the equipment needed for this game includes;

  • A beer pong table;
  • 22 plastic cups;
  • Ping-Pong balls;
  • Beer or other beverages.

The plastic cups used are the 16 oz party cups. Eleven (11) cups will be placed on each side of the beer pong table. Ten (10) will be filled with beer or other beverages while one cup is filled with water to clean the ping-pong balls.

What are the different stages of the game?

In the beginning, one player of each team is nominated to take a throw. The players will throw the ball while making eye contact with each other. If only one player’s ball gets in, his team will start the game officially. But if both players make or miss the shots, they’ll have to play again. Alternatively, a coin can be flipped to determine who plays first.

The cups are usually arranged in a pyramid shape and each team is allowed to take two shots; one shot per player. Furthermore, if both players get the shot, the team will be allowed to take another turn.

How to make the shots?

people playing beer pong and drinking

The shots are made simply by tossing or bouncing the ping-pong ball into the cup. If the ball is tossed into the cup, it will be worth only one cup. Only the cup the ball lands in will be removed.

However, if the ball is bounced into a cup, it will be worth two cups. The cup the pong bounced into and another cup in the pyramid will be removed.

What is the re-rack of Beer Pong?

At the end of each turn, both teams are allowed to request a re-rack. A re-rack is the opportunity to re-arrange the cups in order to maintain a compact shape.

Although each team has the opportunity to request a re-rack at the end of each turn, they only get two-re-rack per game. In other words, the teams have two re-racks that can be used at any time in the game.

How to conclude a game?

After a team defeats the opponents, they won’t be crowned the winner yet. The defending team will have a “redemption round” which entails shooting till a miss.

In the case where the defending team sinks the remaining cups, there will be an overtime game. However, if the team cannot cause overtime, they will have to drink the beverages in the remaining cups in addition to their cups.

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