It is almost a rite of passage when you go to college or university. The game of beer pong will inevitably be played at a party somewhere; whether it’s a friends’ house, a dorm or a local bar or pub. And while the traditional game of beer pong involves plastic cups, ping pong balls, a flat surface and copious amounts of alcohol, we thought it would be fun to introduce a few ways to use ‘The Challenger’ to spice up the drinking game!
Yes, we know, this hardly fits with our mantra of helping athletes advance their game to the next level but, hey, even world class athletes have to have fun once in a while.
Wikipedia describes how to play beer pong: “The game typically consists of opposing teams of two or more players per side with 6 or 10 cups set up in a triangle formation on each side. Each team then takes turns attempting to shoot ping pong balls into the opponent’s cups. If a ball lands in a cup (known as a ‘make’), the contents of that cup are consumed by the other team and the cup is removed from the table. The first team to eliminate all of the opponent’s cups is the winner.”
Here are our variations…
Setup ‘The Challenger’ on your table tennis table and turn it on. Have two teams that have an equal amount of players on each side, giving each player a plastic cup. Set the machine to fire 10 balls at each team and count the number of times the ball is caught in the cup before it hits the floor. For variation, increase the speed and frequency of the ball so players need to react quickly. A second variation is to set the machine to swivel so that players have to move in order to catch the ball.
Divide your players into two teams with an equal amount of players. Using ‘The Challenger’ fire a number of balls at one team who have to, one by one, cycle through the line and hit a shot “in” on the opposite side of the table, as if they were playing a real game of ping pong. Count the number of misses collectively. That’s the number of sips your team needs to take of their drink. For variations, have the players tag each other after each shot. If they miss the tag they take a drink.
We hope you have fun trying our games. Let us know if there are any variations you and your friends try that make the game even more fun!