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Beer Pong

Sandys Boat Club House Rules

The Setup

Arrange six cups in a pyramid-like formation on each side of a table.  Fill each cup with the desired amount of beer.


General Gameplay

Beer Pong is generally played by teams of two in which each team takes turn throwing a ping pong ball into the other team’s cups. Once a ball lands in a cup, the cup is taken away and the opponent then drinks the contents of the cup.  The team that successfully hits all of the opponent’s cups first wins the game.


Elbow Rule

This is usually an unspoken rule at least until someone breaks it.  When shooting, players must keep their elbows behind the edge of the table.  Breaking this rule results in the shot not counting.  If the shot is made, the infracting player may step back and re-shoot the ball.  This tends to be the most argued-over rule in Beer Pong, due to the fact that it is sometimes difficult to determine if the elbow does indeed cross the plane of the table.



Twice 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.  Racking may take place when you have remaining cups in the amount of 4, 3, or 2.  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 centered



If a ball hits the table and then goes into a cup, 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, so it’s fairly useless to bounce on the last 2 cups….unless you’re simply trying to be a tough guy.


Fixing Cups

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.


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 death cup.  If this cup is made by the opposing team, the game is automatically over and the team to sink the death cup is victorious.


Tournament November 2, 2103

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