How To Play Beer Pong

Beer pong is a simple to learn drinking game often played at social gatherings of young adults. While there are many websites that claim to have the “official rules” for beer pong, the rules tend to vary from party to party. For the purpose of this article, I will explain the rules I played by while in college.      

  • The point of the game is to “shoot” or toss your balls from behind your end of the table into your opponents' cups. If your shot “hits” or lands in a cup, your opponents take the cup off the table and drink. The first player or team to clear the table of all the cups wins.
  • In singles (1 vs. 1) games, we would fill six cups about an inch full of our favorite beer, ten cups for doubles (2 vs. 2) games. Set the cups in the shape of a triangle near your edge of the table, shaped like an arrow pointing towards the other team.
  • Deciding who shoots first can be decided in several ways. We usually decided by having opposing players shoot at the same time, and the first team to make it when their opponent misses starts the game. At some parties, we decided by coin toss, and other times, the team that won the last game shot first.
  • Teammates always shoot together, if the game is a singles game each player shoots twice in a row. If a team or individual hits both shots, on their turn, they get to shoot a second round. Some parties had a rule where if both balls landed in the same cup, the game was over and the shooting team won.
  • Some parties have a rule where the non-shooting team can swat the ball away after it bounces on the cup or the table. Some rules allow players to intentionally bounce a shot off the table and into a cup, counting it as two cups. Since rules vary, it is important to make sure what the “house rules” for the game are.

But the most important thing is to have fun. The whole point of the game is to socialize with others, so get a basic feel for the house rules and treat the game as just that, a game.


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