What are the official rules of beer pong? That can be a major question. When there ARE official rules and just a world collection of beer pong, most casual beer pong play at home parties is largely determined by the preferences of their host. However, for educational purposes, here are the principles that the experts play by:
- Both teams stand on each end of the table. Teams are normally two players each.
- The ten glasses on each side of the table have been laid out in a triangular fashion, with four glasses just barely in front of the table furthest border, three facing that, two facing them, and one more in front of them. Rims of the cups should be touching, and no cups should be tilting or leaning against each other.
- Standard tournament dimensions for a beer pong table are 8′ x 2′ x 27.5.
- Standard dimensions 40mm ping pong balls are used for gameplay.
- Split 24oz of beer between the ten cups. In official tournament play, the back four cups are full of water instead, but we have yet to visit a party where this really happens!
- The team that goes first is selected randomly. In certain house rules, we have seen a face-off take place between the 2 groups to compete for the very first turn, and in this case, whoever lands a ball in a cup gets to throw the first shot and Read here to get more details about it.
- Traditionally, the group that throws first gets just 1 shot. Following this, one turn equals two shots per group, which is one shot per group member.
Legal throws include the following:
-Throwing a ball into an opposing team’s cup
-Bouncing the ball on the table and Landing it in an opposing team’s cup
-A penalty of one cup is allowed for the following reasons:
-Shifting the ball’s path on its way to their cups
-Extending any body part over the Table while creating a shot
-Creating a diversion, including but not limited to: Fanning or blowing the balls, trash talking the opposing group, blocking the opposing group’s perspective of these cups, interfering in any way with the opposing team’s ability to take, etc. If you knock over your cup, it Counts like the other group made a shot to that cup. The cup remains empty unless, of course, the other team does not observe this. Then, the cup may stay.
The final rounds: When it is come down to a situation where both teams have one cup staying, the first team to create a shot is not necessarily the winner. The opposing team gets an opportunity to make a rebuttal shot, and if they sink the rebuttal shot additionally, it is back to square one, with a single cup remaining for each group. If the rebuttal shot is missed, then the group that made the first shot is the winner. The official rules describe several potential finals situations, but this is the easiest of these described, and, as house rules change, it makes more sense to just ask the host about their rules in regards to the last rounds of beer pong.