Beer Pong – Beirut – Stirp Beer Pong is an exciting drinking game to play with friends, or at any parties. The game comes from Beirut, Lebanon and it was founded back in the 80’s.
Over the years the game has become one of the favorite past times of young adults around the world. It takes four people, teams of two, where a ping pong ball is thrown across a table aiming at one of the opponents’ cups. When the ball goes into the cup the players from the losing team must drink its contents (usually beer). When one side’s cups are empty the other side wins. It’s simple and fun.
Always remember that too much beer, especially in a short amount of time, can be dangerous. Please drink responsibly and in moderation. Don’t be that person.
What you need –
- A beer pong table, ping pong table, beer pong mat or other tables that can be used. Usually, an 8 feet x 2 feet table or mat.
- Ping pong balls. Any color works.
- 12-22 cups (depending on formation). Plastic 16 oz. cups are the best. No color preferences.
- Lots of cold beer or other liquids, you can even try it with root beer.
The Table or Mat –
The first games were played on ping pong tables, but it can be played on any flat surface with or without a mat for enough space to hold the two cup formations - minimum of 6' apart. In official beer pong
The first games were played on ping pong tables, but it can be played on any flat surface with or without a mat for enough space to hold the two cup formations - minimum of 6' apart. In official beer pong games, an 8 feet x 2 feet table is used. You can buy these types of tables or mats on Amazon, eBay or any place that sells beer pong products. (We do have the mat style on our website).
The Cups –
Solo or Dixie 16-ounce cups (color is up to the players) are the cup of choice for most beer pong players. These cups have rigid lines, which can assist in measuring the amount of beer (or other beverages) in the cups. You can use smaller cups if the table is shorter or the teams are unevenly matched.
The Cup Formation –
Using a triangle formation on both sides of the table with either 6 or 10 cups.
Shot Technique –
Reracking is when the arrangement of the cups is changed after a shot is made. Your team only has one rerack and may not be used until at least two cups have been made. So, the strategy should be used to pick the right time for a rerack during that game. A rerack may not be used during the middle of a round of throwing. You can call it only after both players have taken their turn at throwing the ball.
As an offensive beer pong player, you have two options - standard shots and a bounce shot. Both players from one of the teams are given a ping pong ball to shoot and may do so at the same time. Both players from each team must take a shot before the other team can shoot. Standard shot is comprised of the player tossing the ball across the table and into an opponent's cup. Bounce shot is performed by bouncing the ball off the table and into the opponent's cups. The ball can bounce many times then go into the cup but should be avoided - bounce shots may be swatted away by your opponent's hands. This shot is more difficult than the other shots, so it is worth two cups. The one in which the ball lands in, the cup is pulled, then an additional cup is chosen by the team that was scored upon.
The center of the cup formation is used as a common boundary, particularly when playing on a lower or shorter table. This is an advantage for taller players to outstretch across the table. This is the elbow rule. When the rule is broken the shooter will be forced to retake the shot, and any cups scored on during this infraction will not count.
- Ball Blocking
- One of the players should be designated to always watch over the cups during and opposing teams turn of shooting. Like we explained before a bounce shot may be swatted but be careful the swatting player not to knock over any of his own cups or goal tend on a standard shot. If a player knocks over one of his own cups while trying to swat at the ball that cup or cups are removed from the game. It may be a team’s strategy to bounce and shoot at the same time to confuse the defense, a standard shot may not be swatted or that is goaltending. When goaltending occurs, the shooter is given the ball back to retake the shot.
- Psychological Defense (Talk Shit)
- Getting under the opponent's skin, or "shit talking," is a very effective way to get them off their game. Women have been known to use their sexuality to throw off male players – by posing or taking off a part of their clothing. Any form of talk or sexual looks is accepted as long as it does not breach the opponents view of the cups.
- Fingering and Blowing
- Sometimes when a shot is made into a cup it doesn't go directly down into the cup. It first spins around the edge of the cup. When this happens, females are allowed to blow the ball off its path and out of the cup. If she is successful, the made cup does not count. Just like women can blow at the cups, men have the right to try and finger the ball out using their index finger. Both techniques are very difficult, and it has to be done very quick, because the ball doesn't spin around the edge very long.
Strip Beer Pong –
You can put the stickers under the cup and when the ball is made your opponent must do whatever sticker says.