Boggy Pong

Boggy Pong is a game that is very similar to Ping Pong, except Boggy Pong allows multiple players to play at once. Really, as many people that can fit in any given room can play in the game. There is no limit on players.

Here is a Boggy Pong Video that explains the game for more visual learners.

However, continue reading for a basic outline of the game.

To begin, the players form a circle around the table and number off in ascending order. The person who is No. 1 is given the ball and will serve first. Player No. 1 serves to player No. 2, who returns the serve. From there, the players play the ball in order of numbers until the highest number hits, when player No. 1 begins the cycle over again.

Boggy Pong is different from Ping Pong because after the initial serve in each cycle, the ball can hit the table as many times as necessary. However, the ball can only hit the ground once before being played back onto the table.

There are many different ways to get a “point” in Boggy Pong. Points are not considered good. When a player collects seven points, they are disqualified from the game.

The easiest way to get a point is to snap the cycle. If the player prior hits the ball on the table and you do not play it before it hits the ground twice, you get a point.

Picture of a Boggy Shot
A player hits the ball back onto the table

However, there are many other ways to get a point.

A player can:

Get pegged with the ball, earning them a point.

“Double-hit” the ball, which is when the paddle strikes the ball twice, earning them a point.

Attempt to catch an errant hit but drop it to the ground, which is essentially a peg and earns a point.

Forget it is your turn and never attempt to hit the ball.

Have the ball touch you while you are on the table.

(Seems like this would never happen, but things get rough and it happens more than you would think.)

Given how many different ways there are to get a point, and the fact seven points get you disqualified from the game, there are ways to get points back. Well, only one way, but there are many possibilities with that.

To get a point back, or add a negative point to be technical, a player must catch an errant hit. That means if a ball is hit and does not appear to be going on the table, any player other than the one who originally hit it is free to attempt to catch the ball.

If he or she does catch the ball cleanly before it hits the ground, a point is subtracted from that person’s score. Clearly, catching can be a crucial part of the game. Subtracting a point is a huge bonus.

However, players must do so at their own risk. Unlike football, there is no pass interference in this game. Players can be shoved forcefully into walls, other players or even the ground while attempting to catch an errant shot.

This is all a lot of information. For a visual explanation, watch the video above. Also, here is a quick video to watch of actual game-play