Goals: The Irvine Jokers AAU Basketball Club is all about team & player development. Our goals are to teach the fundamentals of basketball, develop complete basketball players, build confidence, and most importantly, teach life long lessons through basketball that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. 

Accolades: We do not recruit players. We develop them. Every single player that has come through our system came from "rec ball". We take good hearted & hard working kids that we think have the potential to be something greater and we pride ourselves on building them into AAU level talent. Our program was founded from scratch in November of 2012 and within the first year we had won 3 league championships. By year 2 we were competing for AAU championships in the Southern California area, finishing runner-up 3x in the last 3 months.

Alumni:  Irvine Jokers Alumni are proudly playing throughout the Orange County area for their High School Prep & AAU teams. Starting in 2018 a Jokers Alumni City League Squad was formed to continue the friendships, bonds, and traditions of Jokers Basketball.
Coach Riff Del Pardo:
Coach Riff founded the Jokers program in November of 2012. He started with 8 players he drafted from the local Boys & Girls Club rec league. Within the first year the program grew from a single team to 3 different age groups and counting. Since the beginning he used the same formula, which is seeking out diamonds in the rough....good kids that are willing to work hard. As a coach he has earned a reputation as being a strict coach that demands absolute discipline from his players but also finds a way to communicate and connect with them that forms a lasting bond.

His background  includes working with or alongside elite athletes from a range of sports:
  • College of the Redwoods - Men's Basketball Team
  • Factory Husqvarna - World Enduro Team
  • Ricky Dietrich - Enduro National Champion
  • Juha Salminen - Enduro World Champion
  • Alex Salvini - Enduro World Champion
  • Josh Barnett - UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Dustin Farthing - JetSki World Champion
  • Chris MacClugage - JetSki World Champion

Personal List of Sports Competed:
  • Tennis (Amateur Tournament Winner)
  • Motocross Racing (Amateur Race Winner)
  • Kart Racing (Nationally Ranked)
  • Road Cycle Racing (Tour of Las Vegas)
  • JetSki Racing (Amateur National & World Champion)
  • BMX Racing (Amateur National Event Winner)
  • Baseball (Amatuer League All-Star)
  • Basketball (Amateur Team Captain)