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Beirut (Beer Pong) Ladder Rankings


An alternative to running a structured Beirut (Beer Pong) League is ladder rankings. Ladder rankings allow a league to exist continuously while teams can leave, join and change rosters. Ladder rankings restrict which teams within the league can challenge another team to a match, and for seeding teams in periodic tournaments.  

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Ladder Teams

Depending on how many teams and players are available, consider allowing teams of three or four players. This might help alleviate scheduling problems that occur because teams of two have trouble being available for a challenge. Games should still be played with two players per team, but can allow substitutions. However, once a player has been substituted out of a challenge game, they cannot return to play for the rest of the challenge match.

Ladder Rank Assignment

When a league is first formed, teams must be assigned ranks. Teams can be assigned ranks randomly, by popular vote, by committee vote, or by the league commissioner. The ideal method of assignment may be a combination of committee vote and commissioner approval. As league play progress, teams that join the league should be ranked last. If a team should retire from the league and rejoin, or change rosters, then they should also be ranked last.

Ladder League Play

Challenges

After teams are assigned their initial ranks, they may be permitted to challenge other teams to play a ladder match. A team may only be permitted to challenge, a team that is ranked within a specified number of ranks above their own rank. A team may also challenge any team that is ranked below them. The ideal range for challenges is within three ranks.

Teams are required to accept a specified number of challenges per a specified timeframe. Normally, teams will be required to accept one or two challenges per week. In practice, a team may play many more matches per week. The commissioner may allow special circumstance where a team can refuse challenges due to scheduling conflicts. However, if the commissioner finds that the team does not have a valid excuse, the commissioner may impose a forfeit on the team. A forfeit should be treated exactly the same as a loss.

Should a team that has been challenged by more than one team simultaneously loss it's first match and drop in ranking below the second challengers' rank, the second challengers may cancel the challenge. If the team's ranking remains above the second challengers' rank, the challenge should stand.

Challenge Matches

Challenge matches will normally be best of one game matches, but may be best of three game matches.

Exhibition Matches

If a team has fulfilled their challenge requirement for a time period, they may still accept more challenges. However, if they choose to do so, they may also declare that they will only play exhibition matches until the time period expires. The results of exhibition matches should not count toward ladder rankings.

Challenge Results

After the completion of a challenge match, the teams' rankings may change. If the higher ranked team wins the challenge match, then the teams' rankings will remain unchanged. However, if the lower ranked team wins the challenge match, then the teams will switch rankings, unless the teams' rankings were not within the specified challenge range.

If the teams' rankings were not within the specified challenge range, then the higher ranked team will drop in the rankings by the specified range, and the lower ranked team will raise in the rankings the specified range. By enforcing the policy, higher ranked teams will not have as much to lose by accepting challenges from much lower ranked teams.

Example: The first ranked team accepts a challenge by the tenth ranked team even though the specified challenge range is three ranks. Subsequently, the first ranked team loses the challenge match to the tenth ranked team. The first ranked team will now drop three ranks to fourth, and ranks two through four will move up one rank each. Also, the tenth ranked team will now raise three ranks to seventh, and ranks seventh through ninth with move down one rank each.

Ladder Tournaments

During ladder league play, Beirut (Beer Pong) Tournaments may be held periodically. Teams should be seeded for ladder tournaments based on their ladder rankings. The tournament may be restricted to a limited number of teams to make it easier to fill the brackets.

After a tournament is completed, teams should be ranked according to how they finished in the tournament. If during a tournament, a higher ranked team loses to a lower ranked team then the teams should switch ranks. In theory, the last ranked team could move all the way to the first rank if they won the tournament. For this reason, ladder tournament matches should consist of three matches, and the number teams permitted to play in the tournament should be restricted further.

Another possibility is to hold two tournaments simultaneously. The top ranked half of the league could play in one, while the second ranked half could play in the second tournament.


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Disclaimer: Beirut (beer pong) can be played with alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, or no beverage at all. If you choose to play beirut (beer pong) with alcoholic beverages, you should be of legal drinking age and drink responsibly.