The baseball drinking game, also called beer baseball, is an excellent variation of beer pong to get you in the competitive, albeit drunken, spirit. Like beer pong, this game involves two even-numbered teams across from each other at a ping pong table throwing ping pong balls into cups. With this variation of baseball, you can get drunk with friends and feel like a pro athlete on a beer budget.
Number of players: 8-20
Time to play: about 15 minutes
- Small groups of friends
- Small groups of strangers
Baseball Drinking Game Rules
The baseball drinking game is usually played with two even-numbered teams (e.g. teams of 2, 4, etc.), however, odd teams can also work. Try to make the teams even based on skill and drinking capabilities. To begin beer baseball, you must set up the table. You will need 14 cups and at least one ping pong ball.
Four cups are set-up on each end in a line down the center of the table. These represent single, double, triple, and home run. The single cup is filled 1/4 of the way with beer, the double is 1/2 full, the triple 3/4, and the home run is full. Three base cups are set up along each side of the table in a straight line as well. The bases are set up to the left side of each team relative to that team’s end. The first base is the cup closest to the team. First base is half full, second is 3/4 full, and third base is filled with beer. The table should look like this:
How the Baseball Drinking Game is Played
Each team takes turns at bat. When a team is up, each player throws balls until they get three “strikes” (i.e. they miss three balls). When a player gets three strikes they are out, and when a team gets three outs their turn is over. When a player is up on the hitting team, an opposing player is also up fielding for the other team. Players aim to single, double, triple, and home run. When the player makes a ball in one of those cups, the opposing player must drink that cup and the player will go to the following corresponding base: single gets the player on first, double on second, and triple on third. A home run gets a home run. The fielding, opposing player moves to the same base on the opposite side of the table. Home runs score a point for that team. The hitting player can get out in two ways:
- Getting three strikes
- The fielding player catch a “foul” ball
Advancing Bases and Stealing
A player advances when on base by the number of bases hit by another player or by stealing. If a player wants to steal a base, they begin playing flip cup. This means they start drinking the cup of the base they are at. The opposing fielding player must be watching to stealing and start playing flip cup as soon as their opponents begins trying to steal. To play flip cup, you drink the cup and lay it face up on the table with a portion hanging over the lip of the table. You must flip from underneath the cup and try to land it face down on the table. If the player does this before their fielder, they can advance one base. If not, they are out and an out is recorded. If the fielding player lifts their cup before the player, this is a balk and the player advances one base.
Just like standard baseball, there are nine innings. Team with the most points wins.
Check out this baseball drinking game video for a working example of the game.
If you believe you may have a drinking problem, please see the Mayo Clinic alcohol use disorder resource for more information.