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BASIC BEER PONG RULES
Here is a written reference on how to play Beer Pong.
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Set up & Game Play images
Re-Racking the cups
MORE IN-DEPTH RULES
What size cups do I use?
16 Oz or 475mL Australian Blues Beer Pong Australia cups are most common here in Australia or USA style of Redds cup. You will have to fill them about a quarter of the way up or they will tip over if you happen to be playing an opponent whose beer pong shot is comparable to a fastball.
How much beer do I use?!
That depends on how fast you plan on drinking! Of course, you can fill the cups to the brim if you really want to. Just make sure that when you sink a cup, your opponent drinks his/her beer before shooting.
What do I use to shoot?
Beer Pong Australia balls are 40mm in diameter and are just the right weight for beer pong. They are consistent in the air, yet hard to master to shoot with.
How do I rack the cups?
Organise the cups in a triangle formation with the pinnacle of the triangle pointing towards your opponent(s). Make sure the cups are close to your end of the table and make the rims of every cup touch each other.
OK, so who shoots first?
You can flip a coin, or shoot eye-to-eye to determine the first shot. To shoot eye-to-eye, lock your eyes with your opponent and shoot at the same time. Whoever sinks a cup first gets to shoot in the game first.
When do I re-rack?
If you are playing a ten cup beer pong game, two or three re-racks usual happens. If you want to play a quick last game before you go party, re-rack after every cup is taken away when your side has only four cups left out of the ten.
Can I distract the shooters or swat the ball?
You can distract your opponents however you please, but touching the ball in mid-air is an automatic one cup penalty. However, you CAN swat the ball if it hits the table (bounce shot), or if it hits the cup and bounces up!
Are there special throws?
Yeah, if you can bounce the ball in a cup without the other team swatting your ball to smithereens, that counts as two cups.
How do I dominate?
If you and your partner sink the same cup on your turn, that's an extra cup bonus! If you start a game and don't miss a shot, your team can win the game without even giving the other team a chance!
I lost! Do I get any second chances?
There is a rebuttal shot after the last cup is made, so you do have a chance to tie with the other team and play a three-cup overtime.
BACK YARD RULES
Deciding who goes first
If it is the first game of the night, the first shot is decided by “Eyes.” This is when a player from each team shoots the ball while maintaining eye contact with their opponent throughout their shot. If both players miss and both players make it, their partners now shoot. This goes on until one person makes it and their opponent does not. The hit cup is not removed; the ball is taken out and rolled back to the team that sank the shot.
If it is not the first game, the winner of the previous game shoots first. If new teams are formed or if the winning team retires, “Eyes” is done again to see who goes first.
All shots must be made before your hand passes the first cup.
Once per game, each team can request the cups to be rearranged at the start of their turn. This is known as re-racking, racking, or reforming. If you get balls back after making 2 in a row, it is still considered your turn and you may not get a rack. If requested, Last cup may always be pulled back and centred.
Bouncing / Swatting
If a ball hits the table and then goes into a cup (even by accident), the cup that the ball goes into is removed, as well as another cup of the defending player’s choice. If there are only 2 cups remaining, the bounce only counts as one cup.
At any time in the game, a player may ask for the cups to be fixed. This is not to get confused with racking. This is simply putting the cups back to where they would have been had they not slid or been knocked out of position. Getting a beer pong rack helps keep things in good order.
Fingering / Blowing
You may have heard the expression Guys Finger, Bitches Blow during a rule summary at the beginning of a game. Fingering is when the ball is spinning inside of a cup and the defending team pulls it out with his finger. Blowing is when the ball is spinning inside of a cup and it is blown out by the defending team.
Bitch Cup / Death Cup
Once a cup is made and is pulled up from the rack and before the contents have been consumed, the cup in a player’s hand (or even if they put the drink down) can be referred to as a bitch cup or death cup. If this cup is made by the opposing team, the game is automatically over and the team to sink the bitch cup is victorious. If the cup is still on the table and not in a hand and both balls land inside, it is 3 worth cups (2 additional chose by defending team).
On Table Rollbacks
After shooting if the ball rolls back to the shooter without hitting the floor (you may also grab it mid-air), they can shoot it again behind the back. If the shot is made the team whom made the shot is victorious.
After the last cup is hit each player from the losing team has a chance to hit the remaining cups. Each player shoots until they miss, the order in which this is done does not matter. If there are racks left over they may be used now. Once both players miss and there are remaining cups, the game is over. If the players manage to hit all remaining cups the game goes into a 3 cup overtime.
Three cups are placed back into a triangle shape and the would-have-been winners shoot first. There are no racks permitted on overtime, however the last cup may be pulled back / centred.
Here are a few optional rules you can add to spice up your beer pong games
If you aren't up to the task of drinking your beer before you shoot each turn, your opponent can sink the cup you are drinking! The game is over and you will be shamed for not drinking your beer promptly.
Spectators who have been eagerly following your game can request a celebrity shot if they are feeling lucky.
10 TIPS TO WIN
When you are playing a tournament officially run by one of our tournament sponsors in your state, the rules are usually as follows:
Keep on Pong'in!
Beer pong Australia. Drink responsibly.