23. Bounce Shot
Not in my house
The beer pong bounce shot rule allows you to get a bonus cup on your turn. If you bounce your shot off of the surface of table into your opponents’ cup, they must drink two cups instead of one. Bounce shots can help you to speed up a comeback or shift the momentum in a game. Both members of a team can bounce in the same turn.
Your opponents can play defense and swat the ball away from their cups after the ball hits the table. You can defend against the bounce. If you want to make a bounce without your opponent defending, wait until they are distracted or better: invent your own distraction.
22. Celeb Shot
You don’t see that everyday!
Need a hand? This beer pong rule can save the game for you if you are having a rough night at the beer pong table. A celebrity shot is allows you to pick a friend to take a shot for you. You can pick anyone in the crowd so chose wisely. Each player can only ask for a “celeb shot” once per game. No bonus cups are awarded for a celebrity shot. Here is an awesome picture of a cop taking a celebrity shot at a college party. What a nice guy!
21. Spilled Cup
Often in the madness of a chaotic game of beer pong someone spills a cup that is in play. If someone spills their own cup, for whatever reason, the cup counts as a made cup and must be removed. This happens many times when a player tries to block a bounced shot. Check out these beer pong mats to help keep your cups from spilling: beer pong mats. It is wise to keep a towel close to the table so that you can clean any spills on the floor.
If a defender spills their own last cup the defending team loses the game. If the last cup is spilled by the shooting team then the cup has to be refilled.
Some houses play the Randy Johnson Rule and do allow a shooting team to knock over the last cup for the win
It’s crunch time now so if you have a clutch mode it’s time to turn it on. Overtime occurs after a team successfully completes redemption. Beer pong overtime requires three cups placed into a triangle shape. The team that first scored all of their cups shoot first to begin a sudden death round of beer pong. The team who makes all three cups first wins. There are no reracks in this sudden death round. You can finish the game without the other team getting a chance to shoot if you get balls back on your first attempt and then one of your players sinks the last cup.
19. Redemption / Rebuttal
When you make redemption
This beer pong rule allows for some amazing comebacks! After the last cup is made, the losing team still has a chance to save the game. The losing team must make all of the remaining cups on the table. Each player shoots until they miss. There are no re-racks during redemption. If there are remaining cups after both players have missed, the game is over. If the losing team succeeds in hitting all remaining cups the game goes into overtime. 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. The game isn’t over til the fat lady sings.
18. Trick Shot
This next rule adds some style to your games. If the ball bounces back to the thrower’s side then they retrieve it for an extra shot. The ball must not touch the floor for this rule to apply. The player who shot the ball is allowed to do an extra shot, but it must be a trick shot. Many players will do a behind the back shot, but you can get creative. You can also do bounce shots off of the ceiling, walls, or other surfaces.
Once a trick shot bounces off of the table you can play defense and block the shot.
Here’s a cool montage of beer pong trick shots:
16. Balls Back
The balls back beer pong rule states that if both members of a team make their shots they get the balls returned to them for 2 more bonus shots. Bonus shots allow for big league combos that can shift the momentum of the game.
Shake and Bake
If a player gets balls back at the same time they strike “fire” they are awarded two bonus shots. Fire extinguishes after the first shot is missed and a new turn begins for the shooting team. A side can get balls back multiple times in series.
For those playing with a standard 10 cup rack, most houses allow two reracks per game. Before each turn, each team has the chance to request a rearranging of the cups to their preferred formation. If you get balls back after making 2 in a row, you may not get a re-rack as it is the middle of your turn. If requested, Last cup may always be pulled back and centered. At beer pong all-stars we also allow for a gentleman’s re-rack which is two cups in a line. In a one-on-one game, each player gets one rerack. There are no reracks in sudden death overtime.
14. Elbow Rule
Watch those elbows!
The unspoken rule at most house parties, the elbow rule states that your elbow may not cross the edge of the table while shooting. This rule is especially important if you are using a short table. If a player’s elbow crosses the edge of the table then the shot does not count. This tends to be a heavily disputed rule, because it is hard to tell if the elbow crosses from your perspective at the the other side of the table. Take a good step back from the table and you will never have to worry about this rule. The professional beer pong circuit does not play by the elbow rule as they use official 8ft. long tables.
13. Eye to Eye
“Eye to Eye”
If it is the first game of the night, the first team to shoot is decided by “eye to eye.” A player from each team shoots for the cups while keeping eye contact with their opponent throughout their shot. If both players miss or both players make it, the other partners now shoot. This continues in sudden death fashion until only one team makes a shot. Roll the ball back to the winning team and begin the game. You do not remove any cups made before the game starts. After the first game, the team that is running the table shoots first. If the winning team leaves the table, “eye to eye” is done again to see who goes first.