Beer Pong House Rules – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #1
With a game as widespread as beer pong, there’s bound to be as many variations on the rules as there are drunks at the end of the party. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out the basics of the game, and with our guidance, we’ll get you where you need to be. Beer Pong House Rules is Number #1 on our list of official beer pong rules because it’s by far the most important rule.
Number #1 on our list of official beer pong rules is the “Beer Pong House Rules.” Yeah we’ve already told you that but listen up, this one is by far the most important of them all.
Beer pong house rules are a unique set of guidelines which are created, managed, and upheld by the person hosting the party. Every dorm room, house, bar, tailgate party (hey, all they really need is to own a table) will have its own set of rules—and those rules are law.
House rules always go. Always. If your host tells you that missing the table twice in a row means you’re required to chug two beers and run around the block naked then you’re out of luck. There’s no question, there’s no argument: you miss the table twice you better believe you’re going to chug two beers and feel the brisk touch of the cold night air against your birthday suit. House rules are set in stone…until the host changes them.
Display Your Beer Pong House Rules
If you’re hosting the next beer pong night, we recommend having your Beer Pong House Rules displayed on a poster or sign for everyone to see. If possible, make the rules known before play starts, whether it’s just a slow Friday night with friends or as the owner of a bar hosting a beer pong tournament. Consider using a white board or chalk board and run through the rules before play begins. Having these guidelines displayed will settle the majority of disputes that arise. If you’re a guest learning a new set of House Rules for the first time make sure to relax and enjoy the game. Remember that without House Rules, the game would be complete drunken chaos. Variations in standard play offers a unique take on the great game of beer pong.
Once we wrap up the official beer pong rules list, we’ll provide you with a free rulebook in PDF format. Download it and pass it on to your mates for free before your next game, that way there’ll be zero arguments at your next game. And last but not least, if you disagree with someone’s house rules because our rule book states otherwise, too bad. The host is right and we’re wrong.
House rules always go. Always.
Naked Lap Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #2
It should come as no surprise that when you are playing a super popular, fairly competitive drinking game with college students that there’s a rule involving the removal of clothing. The Skunk Lap / Naked Lap Beer Pong Rule is beer pong’s most disputed and controversial rule routinely upheld from host to host, party to party.
The skunk, naked, or streaking lap is arguably the greatest punishment among house rules for the losing team. We’ve found the rules for triggering the naked lap commonly vary but always punish the losers for a particularly dismal performance. The skunk lap requires all losers to strip down naked and complete a running lap around the block holding hands. Why holding hands? Just imagine trying to cover yourself one handed. Not an easy task.
In less extreme yet significantly less fun circumstances, the losers can keep their underwear and complete the pre-determined lap of shame.
Our favorite version of the Skunk Lap / Naked Lap Beer Pong Rule occurs when one team wins the game before both players on the opposing team hit any of their opponents cups. This means one team has been totally shut out, all 10 of their cups have been hit before they manage to nail a single shot.
Some variations of the Skunk Lap / Naked Lap Beer Pong Rule include requiring that a naked lap occurs when the losers don’t make a single successful throw as described above, while others say that the losers must qualify for a first re-rack by hitting at least four cups to avoid the naked lap.
If you’re going to play by the official rules of beer pong Chuggie provides, and you happen to not sink a single one of your opponents cups thus triggering the enactment of rule #2. Don’t chicken out! We can’t think of anything worse than a player who won’t complete their naked lap. Hell, we feel so strongly on this that if you do chicken out we’d like to ask you to stop associating yourself with Chuggie and our official beer pong rule book altogether. You’re not worthy and certainly not someone we’d be proud to oppose in a beer pong match.
Alright, don’t freak out. We’ve found triggering the skunk lap / naked lap is fairly uncommon and one of those rules which sore losers tend to neglect. If you’re lucky enough to witness the skunk lap / naked lap rule being completed, enjoy it. These brave guys and gals are a rare breed and are the real MVPs of the party.
Beer Pong Trolling Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #3
The Beer Pong Trolling Rule or “The Troll Rule” is one of our favorite house rules and with good reason. We strongly encourage the enforcement of this standard guideline during all your beer pong games. If you’re a bit adventurous then you’re in luck. The Troll Rule adds an element of danger to any beer pong game and is especially fantastic when someone sucks so tremendously at beer pong that it has got to be remembered.
The Troll Rule takes effect when one person strikes out and misses all their shots, meaning they fail so hard that they don’t make a single cup the whole game. Technically, the troll may even be a member on the winning team. However, since the winning team moves ahead, most house rules argue that winning negates this rule. If your team loses and you don’t make a single cup the whole game, you must sit or stay under the beer pong table (bridge) for the duration of the next game and act like a troll.
Okay, but what is the Troll Rule exactly? Prepare your grumpy face because you’re not going to like this. If your team loses and you don’t make a single cup during the entirety of the game, then you must sit or stay under the beer pong table (a.k.a the bridge) for the duration of the next game. Oh and don’t forget to do your best troll impression during your penalty.
While “trolling,” you’re total purpose is to do everything in your power to disrupt, distract, and act as an obstacle to the players playing the next game. Making lots of loud troll noises, grabbing players’ ankles, legs, and demanding a toll are all highly encouraged.
We recommend keeping your trolling antics within reason to avoid potentially spilling cups and even worse knocking over the entire game above you. Party fouls are never funny even for a troll. Get back under your bridge.
The Beer Pong Trolling Rule or “The Troll Rule” should not be mistaken with the Skunk Lap / Naked Lap Rule. The naked lap rule is when both players on a team strike out, failing to make a single cup before the game is over. They then must both hold hands and complete a naked lap. The Troll Rule is intended to penalize the one player who has kept his or her team down.
At your next beer pong tournament, if you’re lucky enough to witness a trolling or troll. Make sure you run around telling everyone at the party that the latest loser just got trolled! Tell them how much they suck being unable to make one shot the whole game and toss them the troll wig.
Take a couples pictures hashtagging #ChuggieCo #Troll so we can join in on the fun. We’ll add them to the troll list and just maybe reblog the shenanigans.
Ring Of Fire Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #4
Have you ever been at a party stuck waiting on a bunch of wanna be beer pong heroes, who if they’d played you would be trolling by now? You wait and wait for them to wrap up their game so you can finally play, but it’s like your frozen in some kind of hell, forced to watch mediocrity for eternity. Never fear, the Ring of Fire Beer Pong Rule gives the rightful victors an opportunity to quickly end the match leaving the dismal competition to choke dust.
If executed perfectly, the rule is so quick that the opponents won’t even get a chance to throw, wasting only 23 seconds of time as the winners complete their throws, four in total. This rule is a Godsend, allowing you to get on with your night and face some worthy competitors. Oh, and don’t let us fail to mention that this win is the most satisfy way to end a beer pong game.
The utter decimation this rule describes is the single reason why the Ring of Fire Beer Pong Rule may also be called the Ring Of Death. Whatever you call it, this guideline is a must have on our Chuggie Beer Pong Rules List.
The Ring Of Fire Beer Pong Rule states that if a team makes the front cup, bitch cup (center cup of a full rack), and both back corner cups are hit of a full rack (10 cups) before hitting any other cups they’ve achieved the “ring of fire” and the game is automatically over. If you hit any different cup other than the front cup, bitch cup, or both back corner cups before achieving the ring of fire, the rule can no longer be used for the rest of the game.
Don’t get it? Check out this poorly made diagram and short youtube video below.
Ending the game in only four throws by achieving the ring of fire is possibly due to another rule known as Balls Back or Roll Back. In this variation, when you and your partner make your shots, you’ll get the balls returned to you for two more bonus shots. Applying the rule to the Ring Of Fire Beer Pong Rule, if you and your teammate each make either the front cup, bitch cup (center cup of a full rack), or one of the back corner cups on your first turn you’ll get your balls back. Then by being clutch and hitting the two remaining cups left to create a ring of fire you’ll end the game without the other team having a chance to shoot. Ended the game in a little as 4 throws. Pretty satisfying.
We’ve been preaching to have your Beer Pong House Rules displayed on a poster, white board, or chalkboard for everyone to see, and making them known before play starts. If you’re dry erase markers dying or your sister’s hopscotch obsession has taken its toll on your chalk supply, find a way to make sure that, at the very least, the Ring of Fire Beer pong rule is posted. We’ve found a lot of new beer pong players have never heard it, which leads to a lot of disputes and tons of wasted time when you make the ring of fire.
Beer Pong Island Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #5
The Beer Pong Island Rule goes by many different aliases from solo cup, iso cup, lonely cup, skill shot, but here at Chuggie, we like to call it The Beer Pong “island” rule. This guideline offers you a rare opportunity to force your opponent to drink a hit cup and a bonus cup while they’re at it.
Here’s the set – up: To start, there must be one cup on your opponent’s end that is completely untouched by neighboring cups. The cup is on its own very Island of Sauron because the neighboring cups have been hit, not from slippery cups sliding away from one another after that freshmen hero the previous game made a mess. Yeah, we see you, trying to look cool swatting those bounce shots away. No, we’re talking about legitimately removed cups that have created a very small island of isolation on your opponent’s end. At this point, you may declare “island” during your turn as long as the other side has a “land mass, mainland, whatever else you like to call it,” it’s two touching cups. There will be at least three cups in play.
State that you are aiming for the lone cup before shooting. Since you’ll need at least 3 cups available to try your hand at this play, you cannot win the game with this rule like as with ring of fire beer pong rule.
Instead, the bonus your team secures when calling the Island Rule unfolds as follows: If you succeed in sinking your shot into the lone Island Cup as called, the defending team must pull the hit island cup as usual, but they must also pull an additional cup as a penalty.
If you declare “island” and sink your shot into a non-island cup unintentionally, the non-island cup you hit remains in play on the table. If you are playing two on two each player can declare “island” once per game (two island attempts per team). If you are pre-drinking and playing a one on one beer pong match, you each may declare “island” one single time.
Beer Pong Island Rule Variations
It’s not surprising with a game as widespread as beer pong, there’s bound to be many variations for the beer pong island rule due to all the drunks at the end of the party going home and deciding to make their own house rules.
Some of the common variations we’ve played:
#1 You and your teammate can only declare “island” once per game. Two island attempts per team/per match. If you call “island” and make a non-island cup, that cup remains on the table.
#2 We’ve played a style in which you’re able to call island as many times as you damn well please, but hitting a cup other than the lone island cup is costly, as you’re forced to drink one of your own cups as a penalty for the poor performance. Ouch.
Remember if you disagree with someone’s house rules because our rule book or variations states otherwise, too bad. The host is right and we’re wrong.
House rules always go. Always.
Death Cup Beer Pong Rules – Official Beer Pong House Rules List # 6
The Death Cup Beer Pong Rule might just be the most popular of the standard guidelines. Throughout the vast sea of rules and their variations, Death Cup is nearly always enforced, perhaps because it is so rarely achieved.
Regardless of its feasibility, it’s definitely one of the rules you need to watch out for during a long night of drinking. We’ve seen it numerous times during a long night of beer pong where the reigning champs have had their winning streak ended because they’ve forgotten to pull / drink a cup their opponents have already hit. So listen up, you’re gonna wanna know this one. It might just be the most gut-wrenching way to lose a game.
Death Cup Beer Pong Rule & Variations
There are as many variations of the Death Cup Beer Pong Rule as there are beauties at band camp. We’ll list them all and let you decide which one’s you want to incorporate into your house rules.
Important Note: We always incorporate #1 & #2 variations into our beer pong games. If your going to walk around being an ambassador of the great Chuggie Beer Pong House Rule book for your games we figure you should too.
#1: Once you’ve picked up a hit cup from the rack and begun drinking out of the cup, it becomes a Death Cup. This means that if your opponents are successful using their second throw to get the beer pong ball into the cup still grasped in your hand before you’ve completely consumed the contents, likely because you are drinking so damn slow, you lose, game over. You’ve ended your own match and your opponents are victorious. Have fun wallowing in shame as you slowly sip the rest of the remaining cups on the table. We recommend you try and redeem yourself by chuggin’ the rest of the cups on the table. It’s good practice for how you should be drinking all of your hit cups.
#4 is a slight twist on variation #1 & #2. Once you’ve picked up a cup which your opponents have hit from the rack, it becomes a Death Cup. This means that if your opponent successfully throws the beer pong ball into the cup still grasped in your hand before you’ve had a chance to completely consume the contents, well then, you lose, game over. The difference is that you’ll have to choose two additional cups you’d like to remove. Be careful not to remove 2 cups making the “Island Rule” become a viable option. We’ve often seen the death cup successfully made when two players shoot at the same time and their opponents are BOTH not paying attention. With that sad, inept beer pong strategy, they deserve to lose.
Beer Pong Heating Up Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #7
Remembering to declare this rule during your beer pong games is a priority; it’s a god-send for when you’re so dialed in you just can’t seem to miss, creating a massive momentum swing during your beer pong game. There’s likely no greater feeling than seeing that stunned look on your opponents face when you win your game with a 6 consecutive shot comeback.
Beer Pong Heating Up/On Fire Rule
The heating up, on fire, or space jam rule allows one player to get bonus shots. To achieve heating up/on fire status you must:
# 1 Hit two consecutive cups in a row and announce to the room “I’m Heating Up.” (Nothing happens right now, you’re opponents will still complete their throws.)
#2 After you’ve announced “I’m Heating Up” and your opponents have completed their throws, you must hit your third consecutive cup in a row and then announce “I’m On Fire.”
#3 Once announcing you’re “On Fire,” the ball comes back to you and all cups you make during your fire streak are removed. While “On Fire” you cannot ask for a rerack.
#4 If at any point you, your teammate, or opponents would like to declare this rule, yet fail to announce that you’re/they’re “Heating up,” then you/they cannot announce “I’m On Fire.”
This rule applies only when you make three consecutive cups in a row. If you make a cup, then your teammate makes a cup, you two cannot announce “Heating Up”. You’ll get balls back due to the balls back rule, but you’re not technically heating up until you personally are on a roll.
If your teammate misses and yet you are able to make your 3rd consecutive cup, you’re still cleared to announce “I’m On Fire,” regardless of your teammate’s success.
Have you ever achieved “On Fire” status during a beer pong game? What’s your record for consecutive shots made while “On Fire?” None of us here at Chuggie have ever declared “I’m On Fire,” (although we’ve been sentenced to trolldom) but you better believe when we do we’ll come back here and give you the skinny.
Beer Pong Triangle Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #8
Sometimes you’ll find yourself losing a beer pong match to some total newbs employing zero strategy, who somehow happen to get lucky. It’s frustrating and aggravating, especially if you’ve spent the pre-gaming talking up your skills.
To protect yourself from this humiliation consider putting the “Beer Pong Triangle Rule” (Bermuda Triangle Rule) into your house rules. This guideline offers you an opportunity to put these lucky bastards to the ultimate test.
The Beer Pong Triangle Rule is enacted when only 3 cups are left on the table. None of these cups can be touching one another.
Important note: This must be from the neighboring cups being hit, not from slippery cups sliding away from one another after that hero last game made a mess. Yeah, we see you, trying to look cool swatting those bounce shots away. No, we’re talking about legitimately removed cups that have created a Bermuda triangle on your end.
Beer Pong Triangle Rule
If you only have 3 cups left and they happen to be in the formation where none of them are touching each other, this is one of the rare occasions where the opposing team will not be allowed to request a re-rack of the remaining cups. They are stuck with this terrible layout until they manage to hit one of your remaining 3 cups. Only after they hit 1 of the 3 remaining cups will they be permitted to request a re-rack. That is if they haven’t already used their two re-racks per game.
Enjoy watching those zero strategy, shit-ass lucky, Beer Pong newbs lose numerous shots in the Bermuda Triangle while attempting to hit your remaining 3 cups.
Important note: When you or you’re opponents find yourself stuck with this formation of cups you cannot call the “Island Rule“. To be able to call the “Island Rule” you need to only have 3 cups left, but also need to have a lone island cup and two cups that are touching (mainland or land mass) on the table. The difference here is that you will only have 3 cups remaining and none of them are touching another.
If your opponents, clearly suffering from beginner’s luck, began questioning the legitimacy of this rule as they become frustrated–why there questioning your house rules is beyond us–show them the re-racking “consolidation” rule in the Chuggie Official Beer Pong Rule Book. This rule clearly states that twice per game you’re able to reorganize your cups but only when you have an even number of cups remaining.
If they’re still acting up tell them to #Chuggieco with their sob story and we’ll make sure to let them know House Rules Always Go. Always.
Beer Pong Sniper Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #9
The “Beer Pong Sniper Rule” is about to be one of your favorite house rules as long as you don’t mind a little rowdiness at your parties and especially if you like to add an element of danger to your beer pong games.
Now, if you are planning on adding the Sniper Rule to your house rules, you’d better be paying attention with your head up at all times. This guideline involves head shots and gives you the possibility of forcing your opponent to drink an extra cup–if you are able to successfully snipe them.
There’s got to be some prerequisites for the Sniper Rule to apply or your beer pong game would surely turn into drunken chaos as beer pong balls fly across the room, each toss rougher than the next. Now, we all know that throwing stuff at others can be fun but beer pong is a serious game, ladies and gentlemen.
To gain the right to snipe your opponent, forcing them to drink an additional cup (of their choosing), you must catch your opponent’s shot as it bounces off the lids of the cups in your rack. If, with your impressive ninja-like reflexes, you catch the ball, you must then throw it at your opponent’s head in one smooth motion.
Important note: We recommend no delayed windups. Completing your throw as soon as the ball is caught has the greatest chance of catching your opponents off-guard. This offers the best chance of sniping and scoring that extra cup.
If somehow your opponents manage to catch the ball you threw at them or you simply throw like a dizzy fourth-grader, the opponent who catches your throw may attempt a counter snipe and throw the ball back at you. This exchange of throws will continue until the snipe shot is made or the ball is not caught.
Important note: The individual that is hit in the head with the snipe-shot must be the one to drink the cup from their rack, no matter how far gone they are. They may remove whichever cup they like.
Pulling out the Sniper Rule is a crowd-pleaser and a sure way to prove your beer pong prowess, but it’s not easily achieved. Is the sniper rule on your House Rules? Have you ever successfully sniped or are you usually on the receiving end?
Eye To Eye Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #10
Don’t start your party night off with arguing. When it’s the first game of the night or two new teams are just getting to the table, the decision for who gets to throw first is easily decided by the “Eye To Eye Beer Pong Rule” or “Eyes.”
To start, one player from each team will shoot “eye to eye” while aiming for their opponents cups. Simply put, this means that without looking down at the cups, both team members shoot simultaneously at their opponents cups, hoping to sink the ball in a cup, all while looking the opposing player in the eye. If during “Eyes” a player breaks eye contact and looks down at the cups, a hit cup doesn’t count.
If both players who threw each hit a cup, miss, or the balls collide in midair then their partner now shoots. A variation to this rule is if both players hit a cup or the balls collide in midair, they just try again. Only if both players miss is it their partners turn to shoot. This continues in sudden death fashion until one team hits a cup and their opponent misses. The team who first sinks a shot gets to play first.
You do not remove any cups hit throughout “Eyes” before the game starts. This includes the last hit cup that decided who gets first possession, it remains on the table. You are only determining who starts! Roll the ball back to the team that hit the cup and begin the game.
If it’s not the first beer pong game of the night, the team that is running the table shoots first (winner of the previous game). If the winning team leaves the table retiring as champs or new teams are formed then “Eyes” is done again to see who gets to throw first.
How do you decide who plays first in your house? Think your method is better? We’d love to put it to the test.
Beaming Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #11
The ol’ “Beaming Beer Pong Rule” has been responsible for the kickstart of more alcohol fueled fistacuffs than any other house rule. What’s this Beaming Rule all about? Well, instead of shooting a regular shot to make your opponents cup, you intentionally throw the ball as hard as you can at the cup in hopes of knocking it over. Due to the nature of the throw required to knock over your opponents cup, you really need to whip it (whip it good), many house rules refer to it as the “Randy Johnson Rule”, named after the 6’10 All-Star Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson a.k.a. “The Big Unit”.
The Beaming Beer Pong Rule allows you to purposely attempt to knock over your opponents’ cup, if successful the cup would count as a made cup and it would be removed from play. This play is most successful when your opponents cup/cups left on the table is very close to the edge and they’ve been stingy on the amount of beer they poured into it. Honestly, a beer pong ball should never be able to knock over a properly filled 16oz cup.
To successfully make this play, you’ll need to whip the ball as hard as you can to drill the cup with enough force to spill it or knock it on the floor. Obviously, your opponents are not going to be thrilled about you knocking over their cup, especially if you manage to wet their party attire with beer.
Important note: One commonly enforced variation of the Beaming Beer Pong Rule is that it may only be played when your opponent has one cup left. Also, it deserves mentioning that if the House Rules do not permit the Beaming Rule, any knocked over cup will be refilled and the shot will count as a miss.
As awesome and satisfying Beaming your opponents cup off the table is, we rarely attempt this shot. Why, well there are a few reasons. For starters, nobody particularly enjoys cleaning up a big mess of beer on the floor and themselves or getting beat up over a game of beer pong. Most importantly, however, the odds of nailing the cup with enough force to knock it over is much lower than the chance of making a cup with a regular shot.
Bitch Cup/Freshman Cup Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #12
There are a ton of classic house rules for beer pong and we can argue which ones are best all day long. But, we like “The Bitch Cup / Freshman Cup Beer Pong Rule” (it’s commonly called “Freshman Cup” because it’s usually the only cup college freshman can hit) best due to the many intriguing variations surrounding this guideline. Here are 5 variations of our favorite rule.
#1 If the first cup you hit in the game is the bitch (center cup), you will unfortunately, have to walk over to the other side of the table where your opponent is waiting to slap you on the cheek and hear him announce to the rest of the party, “You’re My Bitch!” This variation is for the adventurous, danger-seeking type as it has a habit of getting out of hand. Still, it’s incredibly fun.
#2 This variation plays with gender and evens the playing field. If you’re a guy and the first cup you hit in the game is the bitch (center cup), it then doesn’t count and remains on the table. If you’re a girl and you hit the bitch cup for your first cup, it counts as good and is removed from the table. We like to think of this as a gift to the girls dealing with drunk guys hitting on them all night long.
#3 We’re split on the opinion of this variation, it makes the more masculine parties at Chuggie a little queasy, but the feminine view seems to feel it’s pretty hilarious. You be the judge and let us know what you think. If you’re a guy and the first cup you hit in the game is the bitch cup you must take your pants off until you hit another cup. Regardless of how many shots your partner makes it’s only once you hit another cup you’re able to put your pants back on.
#4 Our favorite variation of the “Bitch Cup / Freshman Cup Beer Pong Rule” is if the first cup you hit is the Bitch Cup, then you must shoot from your knees until you hit your next cup. Have fun trying to help your teammate defend against your opponents bounce shots from down on your knees.
#5 If the first cup you hit is the “Bitch Cup” or center cup while your opponents have 10, 9, 8, or 7 cups remaining on the table, then you must turn down all music to ensure the entire party hears you announce, “My name is ____, and I am a bitch.”
Important note: If your opponents cause the ball to go in the middle cup while defending, swatting, or blowing, the bitch cup rule does not apply. Pull the middle cup and if applicable the cup it bounced off of if your house rules include the traveling/bounce off player rule.
Well, there you have it, the 5 different variations we’ve played with for this classic beer pong rule. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite variation of the Bitch Cup / Freshman Cup Beer Pong Rule is!
Beer Pong Elbow Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #13
The Beer Pong Elbow Rule is usually an unspoken rule during beer pong matches, or at least it remains unspoken until someone breaks it. Determine whether this rule is law in your house as soon as possible. The Elbow Rule is heavily disputed and there are passionate supporters for both positions in this heavy-hitting debate.
The “Elbow” rule states that the shooter’s elbow must not cross an imaginary plane extending upwards from the end/edge of the table. This rule is in effect at all times during the throwing motion. If the shooter’s elbow crosses the imaginary plane extending upwards from the edge of the table then the shot does not count.
If the shot is made, the infracting player may step back and re-shoot the ball. The “Elbow” rule is only applicable when the player is on offense and shooting. Players may lean over the table having their elbow, wrists, and hands all crossing the imaginary plane while on defense.
This guideline is known for its similarities to the “Beaming Beer Pong Rule” in only one way: just like beaming, the Elbow Rule has been responsible for the kickstart of plenty of alcohol-fueled fights. Why is it so hotly contested? Well, the “Elbow” is incredibly difficult to verify. Somedays there is no telling if the shooters elbow crosses the imaginary plane from your vantage point at the other side of the table when you’re sober, let alone three sheets to the wind.
Important note: Some typical “Beer Pong Elbow Rule” variations you may encounter includes the “Wrist Rule” or “Hand Rule.” The premise is the same; whichever body part the rule describes it must not cross the imaginary plane extending upwards from the end/edge of the table at all times throughout the throwing motion. If the specific aforementioned body part crosses the imaginary plane during the shot, it does not count. If the shot is made, the infracting player may step back and re-shoot the ball. Yes, ladies have to abide by this rule as well.
Table Length & Beer Pong Elbow Rule
Whether you’re going to enforce the “Elbow Rule” on your own house rules we recommend giving some consideration to the length of table your planning to play on. It may be hard to believe, but the professional beer pong circuit does not play with the elbow rule in effect. Why? It’s got to do with the fact that professional beer pong is played on an 8ft. long table. On top of that, the organization recognizes the considerable difficulty in reliably enforcing the rule with big prizes at stake.
If you’re playing with a shorter table than 8ft. long, we suggest that you enforce the elbow rule. It wouldn’t be much of a game or much fun when your opponent leans so far across the table that they’re practically able to drop the ball into your cups.
If you’re still flip flopping on which side of the pro-elbow rule or anti-elbow rule side of the debate you fall on here are some common arguments from each side.
Pro Beer Pong Elbow Rule Arguments Include:
- It eliminates the advantage that those freakishly taller or longer-armed players might gain by being able to lean or extend their arms over the table.
- Due to shots being farther back it makes the game more challenging, thus slowing the pace of the games.
Anti Beer Pong Elbow Rule Arguments Include:
- It is impossible to reliably enforce the “Elbow” rule from because of the difficulty of telling if the shooters elbow crosses the imaginary plane from your perspective at the other side of the table. Not to mention the conflict of interest that exists calling this rule on your opponent if he makes a cup.
- Constantly having to be aware of your elbow position and arguing about disputes wastes time and distracts from the game delaying game completion and your buzz.
- When the “Elbow” rule is not enforced the game times are usually faster. This is appreciated when you’re trying to finish a tournament or only have one beer pong table at your event and people are waiting to play on the table.
At Chuggie we’re pro beer pong elbow rule. If you have a problem with it, consider taking a good step back from the table, throw more accurately then a dizzy fourth grader, and you’ll never have to worry about it.
Beer Pong Redemption/Rebuttal Shot Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #14
Are you clutch? If so, you’ll love the Beer Pong Redemption/Rebuttal Shot Rule. If your last cup (10th cup) is hit only once by that one total newb without an ounce of strategy, don’t worry. You’ll want this guideline on your house list so that you’ve still got a chance to save the game and redeem yourself. After all, you’ve got to make good on all your pre-game show-boating.
So, how do you play with this rule? According to the Redemption/Rebuttal shot, those beer pong newbs can only end the game when they have each sunk your last cup. When the first opposing shooter sinks the final cup, their teammate must also give it a shot. If they land this one smoothly, then the game is over without a chance for redemption.
However, if only one of them hit your final cup, the cup shall remain on the table. You are then offered redemption, but only if they asked for a re-rack during the game.
When the Redemption Rule is in play, you’ll get a chance to make all of your opponent’s unknocked cups one after another for as long as you both continue.
If during redemption, both of you sink a ball in the same cup, then you shall be awarded another turn of redemption, and your opponents shall be required to remove the cup hit by you and an additional cup of your choosing. You will continue to shoot indefinitely, as long as both of you sink your balls in the same cup or your opponents run out of cups. If you successfully hit all your opponents cups without you or your partner missing a shot, the game will head into overtime.
If during redemption you have ground your opponents down to their last cup but your partner shoots first and misses, you’ll still be allowed to attempt the final shot in order to hit your opponents cup. Hitting your opponents cup will still take the game into overtime.
Important note: You can not win the game by getting ring of fire on redemption, but you can win the game if you manage to hit a death cup.
This rule allows for some truly impressive comebacks if you can dial it in when it really matters. It’s impressive because you’re not allowed re-racks during redemption, you have to manage to hit all your opponents remaining cups without missing a single shot and then keep that hot streak going as you head into overtime.
If your opponents have a shot at redemption/rebuttal, never fear. Unless they manage to sink all of your remaining cups before only one of your opponents miss, then you win the pong game and they must remove their final cup from the table.
Beer Pong Redemption/Rebuttal Shot Rule is always attempted but rarely completed. Have you been one of the few to successfully redeem yourself in redemption? What’s your greatest beer pong redemption/rebuttal shot rule story?
Beer Pong Sudden Death Overtime Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #15
You’ve done it, locked in your game and successfully completed redemption, forcing the Beer Pong Sudden Death Overtime Rule into play. It’s definitely go-time, and now time to turn it on so you don’t spoil this miraculous comeback you’ve pulled out of your ass. The party crowd is fired up, the moment is growing tense, and an eager crowd has gathered around the table to witness this miracle.
Sudden Death Overtime occurs after a team who was once on the brink of elimination has successfully completed redemption. We recommend that you read up on redemption before reading any further, as this in itself is an impressive feat. It’s rarely ever achieved and this rule will make a lot more sense.
The Sudden Death Overtime rule requires that each team refills their cups and places three of them into a triangle shape. The team that first hits all 10 of their opponent’s cups shoots first, commencing the Sudden Death round. Explained further, the team that forced overtime with a redemption must shoot after the opposing team gives the round a chance. The first team who makes all three of their opponent cups wins. Want to end the overtime in style? Finish the game without your opponents even getting a single chance to shoot by each hitting a cup, performing “balls back,” and hitting one last cup. There are no re-racks in this sudden death round however, the last cup may be centered.
Beer Pong Sudden Death Overtime Rule Variations
If you haven’t noticed, we love variations here at Chuggie. We tend to keep them on our house rules because we believe it really makes this great game more unique, intense, and interesting. The variation we play with the beer pong sudden death overtime rule is we allow redemption/rebuttals at the end of each overtime. Creating double & triple sudden death overtimes, requiring the absolute clutchness to be heightened and allowing the completion of the game to be sped up so that others can have their turn. Also, it gives you the most important opportunity, establishing your dominance among numerous competitors.
The beer pong Sudden Death double overtime requires that each team refills and places two cups into a line. The team that first hits all 3 of their opponents cups will shoot first, commencing the second sudden death round of beer pong.
The beer pong Sudden Death triple overtime requires that each team refills and places one cup on the table. The team that initially hits their 2 opponents cups will shoot first to commence the Sudden Death round of beer pong.
Let us know when you’ve pulled a miraculous comeback out of your ass and which variations you enforce during your beer pong Sudden Death Overtime rule. If they’re sweet enough, we’d love to add them to our list.
Beer Pong Reracks Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #16
TThe Beer Pong Reracks Rule is an integral part of any beer pong game. The “rack” in beer pong refers to the formation or position of the cups sitting on the table. Most players agree that you can request your opponents to re-rack (reorganize) their cups you’re shooting at anywhere from once to at any time during the game. This discrepancy leads to many disputes arising over how many re-racks you are allowed to request per game and which re-rack cup formations (shapes) are allowed to be requested.
The most common ruling when playing a ten cup beer pong game is that before each turn. each team is allowed to request a re-rack or rearranging of the cups to their favorite formation, twice per game. One on one game, each play can request one re-rack throughout the game at the beginning of their turn.
Important note: If you’re dialed in and hit two cups in a row, getting balls back, you may not request a re-rack as it is considered to be in the middle of your turn.
We’ve also played a variation where you’re allowed only one or three beer pong re-racks per game. Make sure you check the house rules as the amount of re-racks allowed to be requested will determine the strategy you should employ while playing.
You’ll be surprised to know that there are a ton of possible re-racks (cup formations) that can be requested in a 10 cup beer pong match. We’ve seen where people play you can request any shape you like and even scattered (no cups touching), where others argue that only lines. diamonds, squares, and triangles are allowed. What’s never been disputed is that the last cup may always be pulled back to center and there are no re-racks in sudden death overtime.
We’ve put together a pretty in-depth list of possible beer pong reracks (cup formations). In this list, we’ve provided pictures and descriptions of each cup formation offering some tips and advice which should act as a smart guide for you to determine your beer pong strategy while playing.
Most house rules we’ve played enforce the rule which states that you cannot request a rearranging of the cups until you have hit at least four cups. Where fine with this rule, because when playing a 10 cup beer pong match, with two re-racks allowed, we recommend you begin to call re-racks when there is no more than 5 cups left on the table, because before this point there are still plenty of cups to shoot for on the table and it will be more effectively used when your down to 5 or 3 cups.
You might be thinking, “Woah, Chuggie you guys are getting a little too intense with this beer pong reracks rule. It’s really simple, right?”
Knowing all your options with the beer pong reracks rule and choosing wisely often drastically changes the momentum of the beer pong game in your favor. Choose the wrong rerack formation and you’ll definitely find yourself watching from the sidelines a sooner than you wished.
Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formations
Important note: These Beer Pong Reracks rule pictures have been taken from the perspective of you standing on the opposite side of the beer pong table and aiming to hit your opponents cups. This is one comprehensive list, with 30 plus possible reracks for your to request during your next beer pong game. If we missed any feel free to contact us through the Contact form or let us know in the comment section below, we’d love to add any and all beer pong reracks rule cup formations to the list!
1 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formation
Centered Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
The centered re-rack cup formation doesn’t truly count as a re-rack and this is because you’re only moving the beer pong cup back into the original position, had they not slid or been knocked out of position the round before.
2 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formation
Gentlemen’s Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
During your Beer Pong game, a Gentleman’s Re-Rack may be requested only when you’ve gotten your opponents down to their last two cups. Most House Rules, including ours, allow this rule to be declared even when a team has already previously used their two re-racks. This gesture is considered a Gentleman’s kindness and gives the other team one last re-rack. This rule is certainly one of the most popular and probably the most effective 2 cup beer pong reracks. It’s effectiveness simply lies in the fact that if you’ve got two cups spread apart on the table, bringing them closer together will improve your odds of hitting at least one of the last two cups.
3 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formations
- Triangle Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
- Tie Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
The triangle beer pong rerack cup formation is quite popular and perhaps the most widely used 3 cup re-rack formations. Move the cups to the closer together to enhance your team’s chance of hitting the remaining cups and getting on to the next match.
Play Button Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
While the triangle beer pong re-rack formation is the most popular, the play button beer pong rerack cup formation is becoming more and more popular.Think of this option as the compromise between the straight line formation and the triangle. Offering 2 straight cups for easy depth-aiming , this formation also allows you to add a third cup in close vicinity, increasing your odds. Choosing which formation to use a personal strategy that will improve when you evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses.
Stop Light Beer PongRerack Cup Formation
Stop Light Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
The Shaft Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Beer pong players find this variation helpful because all cups are lined up one by one. This makes it easier for players with a decent horizontal shot to sink a few cups in a row. It’s not uncommon to see an experienced team use this rerack to sink 2 cups back to back and get the pong balls back to win the game. Practice this style and you’ll see why it’s a great standard strategy to employ.
Thin Red Line Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
I know, I know, this rack doesn’t look like it would be helpful. However, some beer pong players like it so that they can accurately call out cups if cup-calling house rules are being played. See our beer pong house rules for more on this. If you happen to have a handle on judging distance and depth perception but a sub-par horizontal aim. With this re-rack, your shooting style is less of an issue.
3-Cup Beer Pong Rerack Formation
Similar to the triangle beer pong re-rack, this variation is simply that same triangle reversed. This formation is also great for those with great depth perception but only passing horizontal aiming. This formation works well because, while your shot may sway to the left or right, you’ve still got a great shot of hitting of the three cups.
4 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formations
Four Squared Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
The Square Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
This re-rack is a seriously adaptive formation. Since it’s basically just two straight lines, this means that you’ve got a great chance at making a shot, whether you’re better at distance shots or horizontal aiming. Like the 4 cup diamond re-rack, it’s got the advantage of keeping the cups grouped together. No matter which cup you eliminate, the three remaining cups will always stay touching. That means no satellite cups to distract your shot.
The Diamond Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
Much like the previous formation, this re-rack allows for a strategic alignment that prevents the development of satellite cups. As before, no matter how many cups you eliminate, no satellite cups will be created. Another great way to utilize this formation it to shoot at side angles, creating nice straight lines. See our beer pong tips section for more on this.
Harpoon Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
Flag Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Another technique for those players whose ability increases with distance, the harpoon, or flag beer pong re-rack takes advantage of a linear layout. There is argument about whether the top right cup is a novelty or useful, but if you’re a fan of this layout, you know this can be the perfect way to lock-in your groove and get on a winning streak.
Harpoon Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Mini Zipper Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Rhomoidal in shape, the Mini Zipper is similar to the Diamond or square layouts. If you need a basic layout that’s seriously perfect all-around, you can’t go wrong with the Mini Zipper, Diamond, or Square formation.
Mini Zipper Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
Rhombus Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Maybe a novelty or maybe the perfect re-rack for your team when you’re in the zone. This form mixes both distance and width aiming with a little more emphasis on your ability to manage depth perception. That being said, this layout may be better to play while you are still sober.
The Line Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Like the other linear re-racks, this formation is perfect for those with keen depth perception and a team who is locked in and ready to win. Pair this play with the balls-back beer pong rule and put an end to the game in no time.
The 2-1-1 Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
2-1-1 Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
Little June Beer Pong Re-rack Cup Formation
This beer pong re-rack is officially known as the 2-1-1 for little ears but is frequently known by the name of everyone’s favorite male body part because, well, just look at it. Okay, moving on. Beer pong players prefer this 4 cup rerack because it plays on that great straight line shooting element for when you’re in the zone and provides a wider area in the back for cups that are more distant and probably a bit more difficult.
5 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formations
The 2-1-1 XXL Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
2-1-1 XXL Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Big June Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Just like it’s predecessor, this re-rack increases your accuracy for distance shooting and lets you discover whether the ol’ “bigger is better” rule of thumb is true.
The Sword Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Wizard Staff Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
First, let me just take a guess or, rather speak from experience when I say that this is the best, nerdtastic formation. While if you’re asking for a re-rack with 5 cups left, you might be trying to make a comeback. As with other straight line formations, this layout helps you get into your rhythm and zone out your noisy friends. Like the 2-1-1 Variations, this layout increases your ability to continue to sink cups, even when you’re shooting at a distant target.
Kidney Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
You can tell that your opponent is a pro if they ask for this re-rack. They know that if there are two straight lines, their chances are better and that they can show off when they sink that final cup in back.
Reverse House Beer Pong Re-Rack Formation
Similar to the Kidney, this formation creates two easy to aim for groupings with one cup in back. Lock in with two straight lines and then show off with that final cup. Or, you can really show off by starting with that cup further back, but don’t miss. Chances are that if you are asking for a re-rack with 5 cups still standing, then you can’t afford to miss a shot.
Five Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Thumbs Down Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Use this formation to get yourself into a rhythm and take advantage of the two straight lines side by side. Perfect for those of you with great depth perception but not too bad for those of you who prefer side by side shooting either.
Trapezoid Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
This 5 cup beer pong Re-Rack is flexible and perfect for both beginners and advanced beer pong players. It’s wide enough to accommodate those who can’t aim horizontally. Pro players can use this set-up to shoot from several angles, working their favorite shots from all around their end of the table.
Side Trapezoid Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Staggered Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Growing more popular, the side trapezoid is such a fantastic pong re-rack option because it creates a grouping, helps avoids the formation of satellite cups, and helps you easily sink a few cups in a row! Since it’s vertical, this line up is also allows for depth shooters to succeed and for you to lock in the zone.
Crosshairs Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
This formation may seem like a novelty layout at first but it’s actually a great strategy for those players who tend to shoot the same cup over and over. Players can aim normally with a small change in direction up, down, left, or right.
House Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Just like the reverse house, this creates two lines with one single cup closer to your end.
6 Cup Beer Pong Re-Racks Rule: Cup Formations
The Shield Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
A great general formation, the Sheild Beer Pon re-rack is similar to the diamond formation but creates two nice clean straight lines.
The Zipper Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
Similar to the “side trapezoid” 5 cup rerack, the Zipper Beer Pong re-rack places the cups as close to each other as possible keeping 2 straight lines. The angled side placement of the cups creates a padded area for those players who aren’t great horizontal aimers.
The Pyramid Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
The Triangle Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
3,2,1 Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Mid Rack Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
A basic re-rack, this set-up places the cups in close proximity and a familiar layout for less stress.
7 Cup Beer Pong Re-Racks Rule: Cup Formations
Honeycomb Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Inner Circle Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Flower Stargate Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
This well-organized layout puts the cups in a super easy to hit formation so that if you and your teammates are attempting to make a comeback, you won’t have to deal with any crazy variations.
Marching With Leader Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
With the easy to hit single cup up front paired with two straight lines, this formation is an easy to hit style that has to be tried.
Marching With Leader Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Triangle Plus One Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
This one speaks for itself with its familiar layout and single cups lined up straight in the front. Perfect for newbs and expert players alike.
8 Cup Beer Pong Re-Racks Rule: Cup Formations
The Tree Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
If anything, this one is fun to play for the Holidays, but it’s also a simply re-rack with easy to hit placement.
The Tree Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
Marching Beer Pong Re-Rack Cup Formation
If you’re asking for a re-rack at 8 cups, you’re facing a huge domination by your opposing team. You need a re-rack that will allow you to win quick as hell. To make things easy, create two rows of four. Dial it in and forget the world around you. Focus, or you’ll be wasted in no time.
9 Cup Beer Pong Reracks Rule: Cup Formations
Super Diamond Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
All diamond formations have the benefit of keeping cups close together. This one is different in that, with 9 cups, there is no way to avoid satellite cups without asking for a re-rack four cups later. Sorry, guys. If you are asking for a re-rack at 9 cups, you might be out of luck.
Super Diamond Beer Pong Rerack Cup Formation
10 Cups Full Rack Cup Formation
Beer Pong Full Rack Cup Formation
If you live under a rock and still don’t know how to set up a Full Rack, here it is! Create a triangle from your cups with four rows, each increasing in number from one to four. See below for a better illustration.
There is 34 different beer pong reracks rule formations on this list and we’re always looking to add new ones. Let us know of any beer pong reracks rule you play with during your games that you don’t see on the list through the Contact page or the comments below and we’ll be sure to add them.
Beer Pong Bounce Shot Rules – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #17
We’ve witnessed some big macho tough guys declare that the beer pong bounce shot rules or “bouncing” is for bitches, but we’d like to disagree. We love this rule and always have it on our house rule list, and we figure you should too as it keeps people on task.
The “Bounce Shot,” or indirect shot is a unique rule where the ball can be bounced instead of thrown at any point during the game. This allows for one bonus cup each turn. The ball must bounce off the table before landing in a cup. If you bounce your shot off the surface of the table into your opponents’ cup (even by accident), the cup that you hit is removed, as well as another cup of your choice. A missed bounce shot counts as a miss and removes zero cups.
Hitting a Bounce Shot is great for creating substantial momentum shifts in a game, solidifying your lead, or getting your team’s comeback started. If it sounds like you should always bounce instead of throw, chill out. It’s not easy. Bounce shots can be rather easily defended by your opponents by catching or swatting the ball away mid bounce. We recommend using this shot at opportune times because unless your opponents are distracted or severely inebriated the chances of successfully pulling this shot off is not great.
Important note: If there are only two cups left on the table, don’t attempt the bounce shot as it’ll only be counted as one cup if you pull it off.
Beer Pong Bounce Shot Variations
If the beer pong Bounce Shot rule is being enforced when you are playing, make sure that you clarify what is considered a bounce shot. We’ve seen variations which bounce shots only count when the shot is bounced off the surface of the table, and we’ve also seen where a bounce shot counts if it bounces off of anything. This includes beer cans, music speakers, a wall, or the ceiling. Anything!Regardless of what counts as a bounce shot what’s always remained constant, is it can always be caught or swatted mid-bounce by your opponents to prevent you from hitting their cup.
Regardless of what counts as a Bounce Shot in your house, keep both your offense and defense variations consistent.
Tell us your best bounce shot story and we’ll tell return to tell you ours!
Beer Pong Celebrity Shot Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #18
We’ve all been there, it’s the middle of a beer pong match and your touch has gone cold. In the time it takes to flip a dime, you can’t make a shot, your team’s struggling, your pride hurts, and your teammate is becoming awfully nervous at the thought of soon trolling or, even worse, holding hands and completing the dreaded naked lap. At this point, the “Beer Pong Celebrity Shot Rule” might be the only thing that can save your friendship and the game on a rough night at the beer pong table.
What Is A Celebrity Shot In Beer Pong?
The “Celeb” shot allows you to chose a member from the audience, as long as they’re cheering you on. It can be the friend shouting advice or the attention seeking hero in the crowd who has witnessed your dismal performance of late. This guy has already been yelling “Celeb shot!” since your first failure. “You need a hand, Com’n lemme try a celeb shot,” he practically begs. When your dismal performance unfolds in front of the party crowd, the pressure builds, making each shot more and more challenging.
The celebrity shot allows you to temporarily escape the building pressure and pick anyone in the crowd from your friend, the attention seeking hero, or your rockstar Grandma in the video below to put their skills where their mouth is and take your next shot. Simply stated the “Celeb” shot is when a person not involved in the current beer pong game shoots for someone playing the game. You and your teammate can only “celeb” or ask for the beer pong celebrity shot rule to come into play once per game.
Celebrity Shot In Beer Pong Rules
All of our Chuggie Beer Pong House Rules apply during a celeb shot from bounce shots, elbow rule, balls back, etc. It’s as if you were still shooting… A missed shot still counts as a miss. A hit cup is still removed from the table, but it should be noted that there are no bonus cups awarded for a shot made by a celebrity.
In the rare circumstance that no one in the crowd requests a chance at the “Celeb” shot, simply call out “CELEBRITY SHOT!” and watch the party crowd get fired up. Prepare for a frenzy acting of drunkards with the manners of first-grade school kids. “Pick me!” “Pick me!”
Choose wisely, as this shot is only allowed once per game, per team and can seriously change the momentum of the game.
Greatest All Time Beer Pong Celebrity Shot?
Now let’s check out the greatest celebrity shot we’ve ever seen here at Chuggie. You have a better one? Prove it.
Beer Pong Spilled Cup Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #19
When it comes to party fouls, college kids don’t play around. So, since beer pong was created by these crazily inventive group of people, it’s not shocking that they’ve got a punishment for one of the greatest party fouls, spilling your drink. The “Beer Pong Spilled Cup Rule” is exactly that, a rule that punishes you for purposely or accidentally knocking your own cup over in the middle of a chaotic game of beer pong or being stingy on the amount of beer you poured into your cup. Honestly, we all know a beer pong ball should never be able to knock over a properly filled 16oz cup.
What happens when you spill a cup in beer pong?
Our beer pong spilled cup rule states that if you spill your own cup from carelessness, attempting to block a bounce shot, or your opponents successfully beam your cup (we bet Randy is smirking), the cup counts as a hit cup and you must not only clean up the mess but remove the cup(s) from the table as if they had been hit by the shooter.
Remember whipping the ball hard enough to intentional knock over your opponents cup “Beaming” is not illegal (unless they only have one cup left), but is generally frowned upon as nobody enjoys cleaning up the mess. If you’ve got a thing for this strategy, plan on bringing some paper towels and floor cleaner with you, alright? Don’t be that jerk.
Whenever the cup drops, whether this includes falling off the table to the floor, falls onto its side, rim touches the table, or the cup falls over regardless how much beer is spilled out, it counts as a hit cup and is eliminated from play without any second thoughts. Instead of drinking it, it will just end up on the table or floor, unfortunately making a mess.
Cups which drop due to other means from being knocked over or the table bumped by any non-player, will not be counted as a hit and will simply be refilled and returned to play in there appropriate position. Cups that have moved (slid on the table or moved from their original position but didn’t drop), the shot is ruled a miss, the cup shall be replaced approximately to its former position.
Important note: If your opponents successfully hit your cup, causing it to move and begin to drop, you cannot prevent the cup from falling over. Sit back and say goodbye to the booze.
There aren’t many things worse than losing the game for your team because you’ve spilled your cup in beer pong. We guarantee you’ll be looking for a new partner, with little success of finding a new mate after those party foul antics. Here at Chuggie, we’re definitely not going to want to team up with you after that. Call us shallow or rude, but we take the sport seriously.
If, during your next beer pong game, you witness a spilled cup, share it with us on social media by #Chuggie & #Spilledcup. We’d love to join in on the fun, reminding your friends of just how careless they are.
Guys Finger, Girls Blow Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #20
Guys Finger, Girls Blow Beer Pong Rule is a common rule featured on many beer pong house rule lists because it offers an opportunity for defense against your opponents and to distract them with such a blatant innuendo. Like any house rule, Guys Finger, Girls Blow must be declared before the start of the game.
Once declared, the idea behind this rule is that if your cup is hit and the beer pong ball is spinning around the inner rim of one of your cups, you may reach in and try to pluck it out with your finger or blow the ball out of the cup, depending on your sex.
As with any rule if it is not on the house rules list or declared at the beginning of the game, successfully fingering or blowing the ball out of your hit cup will not count as a save and the cup must be removed from play.
Let’s start with the ladies and explain the girls blow beer pong rule a little better.
Girls Blowing Beer Pong Rule
If you’re a girl and the “Girls Blow” beer pong rule is in effect, and the beer pong ball is spinning around the inner rim of your cup and about to fall into your beer, you have the option to display your fine defensive skills and blow into the cup to lift the ball up and out of the cup. Do this before it touches your beer and save your cup.
If you blow it out after the ball touches your beer, the cup still counts and you must drink it. There clearly has to be no wet balls, or foam or beer splashing out, it needs to be clean.
The advantage of blowing compared to fingering is that during this defensive move there is less of a chance of knocking your cup over. Although, if you were stingy on your cup fill amount, we’ve seen it happen. So fill properly and blow carefully girls, especially you veteran co-eds.
Guys Fingering Beer Pong Rule
If you’re a guy and the “Guys Finger” beer pong rule has been declared, you may attempt to reach in with one finger pull the ball out of your cup before it touches your beer. If you successfully pluck the ball out of your cup with clearly no wet finger, balls, or splashing it will count as a saved cup and remain in play. It takes skill to finger without getting your finger wet.
If the ball landed in your cup, or you plucked it but your fingers or ball is wet, it counts as a hit cup and you must drink it. The stated disadvantage of the fingering beer pong rule, is as the good times are rolling and your coordination begins to slide it can become very hard to keep your finger dry and very easy to knock your own cup over while trying to pluck the ball out of the cup. You’ve heard of the spilled cup beer pong rule so if you knock your cup over, you must drink what remains in the cup and remove it from the table.
Guys Finger, Girls Blow Beer Pong Rule Disputes
The Guys Finger Girls Blow Beer Pong Rule is heavily disputed and there are passionate supporters for both positions in this heavy-hitting debate. The dispute we often hear is from both sides of the debate. The gals believe it is much easier for the guys to pluck the ball out of the cup while it’s spinning around the inner rim. The guys believe it is much easier to blow the ball out of the cup while it is spinning around, especially when you are each drunk.
We’ve also heard that is can be extremely difficult to judge if people are playing fair in the heat of competition and this rule adds a lot of time to the game, making games last “approximately forever.”
Here at Chuggie, we ignore all these silly complaints and focus our attention on having a damn good time. We do recommend you consider the nature of the guys finger girls blow beer pong rule, if you’re a guy playing against some gals and your continually plucking their balls out of your cups left and right. Sure, you might win the game.
But did you really win? Take another look at the dirty looks you’re receiving from the dime across the 8-foot beer pong table?
Then again, if beer pong is your thing and you’re about that winning at all costs life, then go for it. We’ll always respect a true beer pong champion.
Tell us your thoughts on the Guys Finger, Girls Blow Beer Pong Rule. Do you have this rule on your house rules? Let us hear it in the comments!
Traveling Beer Pong Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #21
We still decided to include it here because we’re positive you’re going to experience being stuck playing with this rule sooner or later. It happens to the best of us, don’t worry. We often find total beer pong newbs who solely rely on crazy shit-ass luck to win their matches. It’s like by some miracle they are getting lucky enough to use this rule on their own list. Of course, this only lasts until their luck runs dry. Soon enough, they’re scratching this rule off their house rule list and playing like adults.
How to Play:
The Traveling Beer Pong Rule states that if the ball hits another cup’s lid before hitting one of your cups, landing firmly in your beer, that cup along with any additional bonus cups will be removed from play. The additional bonus cups that are removed from play include each cup’s lid which the ball previously hit before landing in the hit cup.
Often times this can get a little chaotic and only one bonus cup is eliminated, regardless of how many cups’ lids were previously touched. Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to accurately tell which lids the ball has hit when your beer pong rack is racked tight.
Important note: The teams who cup was hit will decide which bonus cup to remove if the ball hit numerous cup lids before hitting their cup.
The only advantage to playing with the traveling beer pong rule is that your games will go by much faster because all skill needed to be a champion has been tossed out the window. It’s like playing bowling with the gutters up. Gutters are for 4-year-olds, and this rule is too.
Regardless of which variation of the Traveling Beer Pong Rule you play, we never play by this rule. Call it bitterness or straight rationality, we don’t think the Travelling Beer Pong Rule is fair for anyone, even the beer pong newbs.
Beer Pong Trick Shot Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #22
It turns out your calculus teacher was right. You really do use math outside of the classroom. Using the general principles of calculus to determine the trajectory of the beer pong ball as it reaches terminal velocity and plummets towards your opponents cup might be the best use of mathematics since the days of Pythagoras.
Bet you wish you paid attention in class now, don’t you?
Beer Pong Trick Shot = Rolls Back Behind The Back Shot Rule
The Beer Pong Trick Shot Rule is also commonly called the “Rolls Back Behind the Back Shot Rule.” This common nomenclature’s used because after shooting, if the ball bounces off your opponents cups and bounces or rolls back across the mid point of your official beer pong table to your side without hitting the floor (grabbing it mid air is also deemed acceptable), you can retrieve the ball before your opponents do and the person who originally shot is allowed to reshoot for an extra shot. Still, that name’s a mouth full. We’ll stick with Trick Shot.
This extra shot must be a trick shot. You’re commonly required to shoot behind your back but we like to mix it up and allow bounce shots off of the beer cans, music speakers, a wall, or the ceiling. Anything! If you nail your trick shot by successfully hitting your opponents cup, it’ll count as one cup and must be removed from the table.
We do not allow swatting of the trick shot when it is bounced or shot behind your back like explained in the Beer Pong Bounce Shot Rule because it is not allowed to be bounced off of the surface of the table.
Important note: If the ball touches the floor and rolls or bounces back towards your side of the table this rule doesn’t apply.
Having this rule as part of your house rules will definitely add some swagger to your future beer pong matches. Enjoy these sweet beer pong trick shot rule videos to get some ideas for your future shots.
Beer Pong Trick Shot Rule Video
Beer Pong Fixing Cup Formation Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #23
The Beer Pong Fixing Cup Formation Rule is arguably the simplest rule on the Chuggie Official Beer Pong Rule List. Don’t let the simplicity of this rule overshadow the importance of having it on your house rule list.
The “Fixing Cup Rule” can be requested at any time during your beer pong match. You may ask for the cups to be fixed to the original formation or your last requested re-rack formation. Throughout your game, you may find the cups have slid due to slippery cups sliding away from one another or their original position after that hero made a mess trying to defend against your bounce shot. Yeah, we see you, trying to look cool swatting those bounce shots away.
Beer Pong Fixing Cup Formation Rule:
Simply stated, this rule is used at the beginning of your turn. You may request that the beer pong cups be put back into their original position before being knocked out of position or sliding during the last round.
Important note: You are replacing the beer pong cups back into their original position to where they would have been had they not slid or been knocked out of position the last round. This should not be mistaken with the Beer Pong Re-Rack Rule.
Here at Chuggie if you frequently find your beer pong cups sliding around due to slippery cups we recommend you purchase an official beer pong rack to help keep things under control. Having beer pong racks at your games and tournaments will minimize disputes about where exactly that cup was sitting on the table before it slid or got knocked out of position. This will allow you to thoroughly enjoy your beer pong championship. It’s the easiest way to shut up those poor sports who keep complaining that they would’ve won if it weren’t for your failure to re-rack the cups to the exact position before they slid. You stole their victory! Yeah, we bet!
Knowing you’ll be the undisputed beer pong champion at your next tournament justifies the investment of a couple beer pong racks to keep your rack tight.
Beer Pong Balls Back Rule – Official Beer Pong House Rules List #24
We could not think of a better way to wrap up our Chuggie Official Beer Pong house rule list, than with such a universal rule in Beer Pong. The Beer Pong Balls Back Rule. This rule is the reason we have those memories or folktales of monstrous comebacks and momentum swings during beer pong games and tournaments.
Beer Pong Balls Back, Roll Back, Or Throw Back Rule
The Beer Pong Balls Back Rule states that when both you and your teammate make successful throws in two different cups in a single turn. Your opponents must drink those two hit cups and remove them from the triangle on the table. Then you and your teammate will both receive back those balls immediately, giving your team two bonus shots.
You can get Balls Back multiple times during a match, meaning this can continue on until the game is over by hitting all of your opponents cups or until either you or your teammate misses. Basically, your continued success will skip your competing team’s turns.
Important note: Only hit cups from made shots or bounce shots count towards the beer pong balls back rule. Cups that have been knocked over do not count.
Occasionally, we’ll see complaints about this rule from players. Some House Rules forbid Beer Pong Balls Back Rule in one-on-one game play. If you’re playing this way, you cannot receive your two bonus shots even if you make each of your shots. In our house, we allow the Balls Back Rule in both one-on-one and two-on-two play.
I mean, come on, it’s a universal beer pong rule. Who are we to tell you it doesn’t apply in one-on-one play? Let us know in the comments which variations you play with, or what you call this rule Balls Back, Rolls Back, or Throw Backs!