The goal of beer pong is to hit the beer cups of the opponent team with ping pong balls. Once a cup is hit, the beer inside has to be drunk. Each player of one team shows one ball, then it’s the other team’s turn. The game continues until one team loses all of their cups.
20 CUPS OF BEER (10 PER TEAM)
2 CUPS OF WATER
2 PING PONG BALLS
Each team has 10 cups that are halfway filled with beer. The starting formation is a triangle that points towards the opposite team. Two cups are filled with water and placed on the right side of the table. They are used to wash off the balls before shooting.
Each team has two players. Each player shoots one ball. Teams take turns.
Watch your elbow, man!! Your elbow may not cross the edge of the table whilst shooting.
The elbow has to be behind the table! If it is not – your shot doesn’t count – easy as that!
DON’T BE THIS GUY:
There are two ways to shoot the ball:
- STRAIGHT IN
- BOUNCE IN
If 1. hits your beer- you can’t do anything! Drink it up man!
2. is different: Once the ball bounces on the table, you can DEFEND it before it lands inside the cup. Should it nonetheless end up in your beer your team has to drink 2 cups!
If two balls land in the same cup your team has to drink three.
A spilled cup is a lost cup! Don’t waste one on your clumsiness.
If you manage to sink your ball into the drink your opponent is holding in his hands, the game’s over. Next team, please!
Your opponents’ cups can be rearranged once in a game. Choose wisely and let them rearrange their cups to your preferred formation.
The ball rolls back. Lucky you! As soon as it has crossed the middle and you’ve managed to grab it, you have another go to aim at your opponents’ cups with a trick shot.
- BLIND SHOT
- BEHIND THE BACK SHOT
- GET CREATIVE…
Let’s say you “lost” the game, all of your cups are gone and you stand there shaking in desperation… wipe away your tears! You can still win this as the Redemtion Rule kicks in:
It’s your team’s last chance to hit every single one of our opponents’ cups without missing! You’ve hit rock bottom already – now it’s time to fight for your honor and knock off those remaining cups!
“At this time, players MUST alternate throwers in the event of multiple hits – one player may NOT take all the redemption shots.” (@Worldseriesofbeerpong)
Successful redemption forces the game to go overtime.
Overtime occurs as soon as your team successfully completes redemption. Three cups are placed into a triangle shape and the game starts over. The team that makes all three cups first, wins.
I know it’s a hard one! Everyone is drinking, people are walking past and you- of course- like to drink aswell. But don’t get caught up on this! You want to win, so you better focus! Ignore the pretty girls walking by, ignore everyone that wants to talk to you during the game! Focus on your opponents and punch that ball away, in case it hits the table first! You got it!
#2 DIP THE BALL INTO WATER
Yeah, you should always do that to clean up the ball. But more than that: this makes the ball fly better! HA! Get your ball wet and win this shit!
#3 BLIND SHOT – EASY SHOT!
EASY! Just picture the cups, close your eyes and don’t move one inch! Throw it in- the setting won’t change!
#3 IGNORE FOUL PLAY
Your opponents might sense that they are about to lose and start moving behind the cup, waving their hands, jumping up and down. They are going down and they know it! Ignore them, focus on the cup and don’t move. At some point it gets weird and they will stop- THEN you throw!
#4 YOU ARE THE BALL!
Hahaha, alright! There we go. My Dad was trying to teach me how to do scrambled eggs and kept telling me “Focus on the pan, Denise … you ARE the pan …” I’m still laughing at this, but he got a point! Be ONE with the ball. Bundle your attention towards the ball and picture it landing INSIDE the cup! Easy as that!
#5 SEE YOURSELF WIN
It’s a psychological thing and even your sports idols are doing it: Picture yourself in the moment when you’ve already won this! Feel how happy you are that everything went well! Picture this ball landing inside the beer before it actually happens!
Most importantly: Practice! See that garbage over there? Nope- from now on you won’t be walking there anymore- you throw your stuff inside! Practice with whatever is around! Small paper balls, the old bread from yesterday, the spoon that needs to be in the kitchen! Throw it in the sink, have that old piece of bread land straight inside the garbage. Embrace your throwing skills- you’ll need them soon!
ALRIGHT I GUESS YOU’RE SET!
If you want to start a game, play with your friends or meet new people in hostels, feel free to download the printables provided on this page!
ALRIGHT, I GUESS YOU’RE SET.
Let me know in the comments how your game worked out!