Beer Pong Rules
Although there are currently no "official" beer pong rules, this collection of widely accepted beer pong tips should get you off to a great start.
Start Your Beer Pong Game
One player from each team is selected to take an initial shot that determines which team goes first.
While looking each other in the eye, players count to three and take a shot at the same time. If only one of them makes the shot, their team goes first. If they both make or miss their shot, players go again.
After the first game, the winning team gets the first shot.
Each beer pong team shoots twice per turn; each player taking one shot.
If both players make their shot, the balls are returned and that team receives an extra turn.
The ball can be tossed or bounced into the cup.
A tossed ball that is sunk is worth one cup (the cup that it lands in). A bounced shot that is sunk is worth two cups (the one in which the shot was made and another from the pyramid).
There is a catch! The defending (non-throwing) team may block a bounced ball once it hits the table, whereas tossed shots are indefensible.
A beer pong cup is "sunk" as soon as the ball touches the contents of the cup.
If a ball is spinning in the cup, you may attempt to blow it out before it touches the cups contents.
Warning: If the ball touches the contents and you blow it out, and it lands in another cup, both cups are considered sunk.
Any cup that is sunk must be immediately removed from the table and the defending team is responsible for drinking its contents. Team members alternate drinking.
Any cups accidentally knocked over are considered sunk.
Although the cups begin in a pyramid, they don't necessarily stay that way, as cups are removed.
A team is allowed to request a "re-rack" of the cups at the end of a turn, in order to maintain a compact shape.
Each team gets two re-racks per game, which can be used at any time. The standard beer pong rule is to take one re-rack with 6 cups remaining, and the other when 2 or 3 cups remain.
Suggested shapes include: