News 2019

Hof Jokers will play their last away match in 2019

Two games are still in front of Hof Joker, two out of nine this year. The last home game was canceled two hours before the franc Timberwolves kick-off due to a player shortage, whereupon the Jokers nonetheless held a scrimmage offense against Defense to offer their fans the opportunity to spend an American football Sunday despite the cancellation.

The non-occurred game was considered a victory for the Jokers, the league is thus secured. The Jokers are happy about that, but of course they know that this is not a real victory and would have liked to receive it through their own efforts.

Now the Jokers want to reach next to the league also a place on the winners podium of the Bayernliga Nord 2019. The entry into the playoffs is no longer possible, but the third place you can certainly hold, you defeated the two remaining opponents.

One of these opponents are the Erlangen Sharks, against which the Jokers will compete on Sunday in Erlangen. The Sharks are currently in 4th place in the league, with one more defeat than the Jokers, who have won as many times as they have lost so far. The Sharks want to balance their balance sheet, the goal of the Jokers is now a winning season. The first step is a victory in Erlangen, before the Jokers will welcome the Bamberg Bucks on 21.07 for the final game of the season in Hof. In the first round, the Hofer defeated the Erlangen with 40:32, a similar result would be desirable, but this time clear and without extension.

From Theresa Scarabello

Hof Jokers prepare for home game against Franken Timberwolves

The season is coming to an end, the entry into the playoffs is no longer up for debate. These are undisputed facts, the Hof Jokers know that too. Nevertheless, the Hofer are motivated to bring their last three games of this year successfully over, including the next home game against the Franken Timberwolves on Sunday.

Both the Regensburg Phoenix, as well as the Franks Knights could prove themselves in the second half of the Bayernliga North more or less close to the Jokers, this should not be achieved by the next opponents of the Jokers.
The Franken Timberwolves were defeated in the first half of the season with 16:17, now, 2 months later, the Jokers not only want to win again, but defeat the Timberwolves much clearer.
The Jokers see not only the home advantage on their side, even their defeat, even increased motivation, especially by the stay in the US and the desire to land at least on the podium of this year’s league.

The fewer teams waiting for the Jokers, the more they can concentrate individually and specifically on the remaining opponents.

From Theresa Scarabello

Hof Jokers on American Football trip in the USA

Traveling to the US to train with American coaches and discuss American football is one of the biggest dreams of any American football player. For the Hof Jokers this dream came true, they flew for 10 days to Ogden in Utah, near Salt Lake City, in the course of an athlete exchange of the city court.
The first day of the trip started for everyone in the early morning hours, at 2 o’clock the Jokers, Jokers Juniors and Hof Frankensteiner met at the Freiheitshalle in Hof to take the bus to Nuremberg airport. 1.5 hours later and a power nap later, the tour group set off for the gate to make the first of two air travel trips. Less than an hour took the flight to Amsterdam, but the waiting time for the connecting flight to Salt Lake City was almost 4 hours, the Jokers use to stock up on travel provisions. Already tired from the long day, the hardest part of the journey began, the 10.5 hour flight from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City. Jokers Juniors player Dominik Maisner was pleasantly surprised by his first long-distance flight, the food was unexpectedly delicious and despite limited space, the long flight was good.
Tired and with a slightly dull feeling in the stomach from the rather bumpy landing in Utah, all travelers were happy when they finally had solid ground under their feet and easily came through the security check of Homeland Security. After a short wait for the transfer from the airport, the last part of the long journey took about an hour’s drive to Ogden. Shortly before arriving at the historic Browning Mansion, the men made a quick stop at a typical American supermarket to provide themselves with the essentials – in the case of Jokers: grilled meats. Overwhelmed by the stunning villa, especially the hot tub and large American BBQ, the Jokers ended the evening with a typical BBQ and some Budweiser before exhausting their beds and trying to counteract jet lag.
The next morning, after more than 10 hours of sleep for most, the team met for bacon and eggs in the large kitchen and played a game of pool before starting their day. After a brief meeting with representatives of the city of Ogden and the city of Hof, with fresh bagels and coffee, individual leisure time was for everyone to get used to the new situation and the environment. They use most of them to tour the American mall and stock up on everything they need for the trip and, of course, to go shopping. Satisfied with their yield, some burgers and milkshakes in their bellies, it was the first time that American Football Time had been played for the Jokers. They were allowed to watch a training session of the Ogden Tigers, the American football team of Ogden High School. From a theory meeting in their excellently equipped training room with six coaches to disciplined and well-structured training, the Jokers took part and gained impressions that many of them want to use for their own training in Germany… Read more

From Theresa Scarabello

Hof Jokers join sports exchange in the US

On 10 June the Hof Jokers, together with their youth team, fly to the baseball team “Frankensteiners” of the PTSV Hof and the 3rd mayor of Hof an der Saale, Florian Strößner and Rainer Krauß, the coordinator of the town twinning, to Ogden in the UNITED STATES.

Since 1954, the city of Hof has a partnership with the sports-loving city of Utah, now the Jokers have the honor to represent German football and their hometown in the United States in an athlete exchange. For 10 days they will be guests in the USA, as spectators and players, they will be able to participate in training sessions at Ogden High School and Weber State University, get to know the coaches of the university and of course take official appointments with the city of Ogden.

But not only athletic is for the Upper Franconia a lot on the plan, they will explore the nature around Ogden and Salt Lake City, are hosted by a baseball game of the Ogden Raptors, will run wild water rafting and hiking in the mountains. In addition, travelers have the special honor of attending a radio concert of the world-famous “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” live – and these are just a few of the many program items of the sports exchange to Utah.

The whole team is aware of the unique opportunity of the journey and hopes to bring not only memories, but also a lot of sportive know-how to Germany, which they can use for their own training sessions, even better on the upcoming second half of the season Bayernliga North 2019 to be prepared. The first season game after the trip to the USA will be ready 2 days after the return of the Jokers, on 23.06 in Regensburg, against the Phoenix instead.

From Theresa Scarabello

Hof Jokers complete the first round of the 2019 season

Five games, three wins – this is Hof Joker’s previous record. The Regensburg Phoenix were subject to the Hofer 03:27, they are now on the third place in the table Bayernliga Nord 2019. Now the Jokers have to 23.06 break and prepare for the second half.

In the first quarter against the Phoenix DeShaun Dixon managed to carry the football in the end zone, this touchdown, however, was not counted due to a penalty. Thus, the first quarter of the game ended without points on both sides. In the second quarter, however, the Phoenix scored twice to points, after a field goal by Johannes Wellner it was the halftime break 03:14 for the Phoenix. After a performance of the Hofer cheerleader “Starlets”, the teams stepped back into the field and Regensburg managed a renewed touchdown with extra point, score 03:21. Shortly before the end of the game, the defense of the Jokers could not prevent the opposing offense again, to bring the ball one last time in the end zone, without a successful extra point, the game thus ended with a final score of 03:27.

Despite defeat, the team looks back on the first half of the season and is confident about the future of this year’s league. The Jokers are especially proud of the numerous and vociferous support of their fans, which is unique in the league.

In addition to the Regensburg Phoenix, the team could not defend against the Franken Knights, the Bamberg Bucks, Franken Timberwolves and Erlangen Sharks were forced to their knees, although sometimes scarcer than hoped by the Hof Jokers. After a week’s break from training, the Jokers will prepare for the second half of the game and the second encounters with the teams during the break. Now also the experience of the first round can be included and the already played games are analyzed carefully to avoid their own mistakes and exploit the weaknesses of the opponents, as the entry into the playoffs is still the declared goal of Hofer.

The next game of the Jokers will take place on 23.06 again against Regensburg Phoenix, this time away. One week later, the next home game against the Franks Knights in Hof follows.

From Theresa Scarabello


On 26.05 we welcome the Regensburg Phoenix in Hof

For our fifth game Bayernliga Nord 2019
We won 3 out of 4 games and now we are playing against the Phoenix for the first time this year and hope to be able to thrill you fans with an exciting game in our favor.

We look forward to many fans to loudly spread “purple pride” and to support us.
– Any fan of the most popular American ball sport is invited to spend an action packed day of coffee, cake, sausages, steak, beer and of course good football.

The entrance costs 3.50 €
A season ticket costs 15 €, just ask at the entrance!

For an ingenious Gameday, HEYA!

Hof Jokers ready for first home game 2019

The Jokers won two out of three games over the course of the season so far, each having been denied away to date. After this series, the Hofer can now look forward to their first
home game of this year’s Bayernliga Nord. The game is against the Erlangen Sharks, this will be the first meeting with the team this year, but not generally.
Like the Jokers, the Sharks have become an integral part of the Bavarian league in recent years – which both teams want to change with the rise in the regional league.

However, the Jokers seem to have better chances to do so, they are in third place of the table, the Sharks on the fifth and thus penultimate
place just above the franc Timberwolves who like the Sharks also, could not win a game. Head coach Alexander Scarabello expects his
team to have higher chances of winning, but remains true to its motto and does not underestimate the Erlangener.Ein victory from the point of view of
Jokers would not only for entry into the playoffs essential, of course, want the Hofer before their fans Do not disappoint the home crowd and give them
a game they will not forget for a long time.

By Theresa Scarabello

First away win of the Jokers!

The Bayernliga Nord 2019 are in full swing, with the first away game of the American football team Hof ​​Joker, last Sunday against the Bamberg Bucks, the Jokers could bring their first victory with 09-24. Without a break, it continues with the next away match in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, against the Franken Knights, a team, which faced the Hofer in the last year.

The Knights won their first league match against the Erlangen Sharks with 08:28 and thus stand just over the Jokers, the game on Sunday will thus decide for the time being, who ranks behind the Regensburg Phoenix, who won the home match against Franken Timberwolves 62:00, ranked 2nd in the table.

Last year, the Jokers won a game against the Rothenburgers, but lost them the second game. Head coach Alexander Scarabello knows that in the off-season a lot can change and you can not automatically deduce the past from the past and hopes to beat the Knights twice this year – despite adverse conditions. The trip to Rothenburg will be the longest away trip of the 2019 season, kick-off is only at 16 clock, so a long day was waiting for the Jokers, but in spite of everything from their best sporting side want to show.

By Theresa Scarabello

Upper Franconia Derby between Hof Jokers and Bamberg Bucks

An off-season full of innovations, many training sessions and targeted preparation lies behind the American football team Hof ​​Jokers. Well, after a long wait and few opportunities to train outside the hall, the Jokers will play on Sunday their first match of the season Bayernliga North 2019 in Bamberg, against the Bamberg Bucks, on. The Bamberg Bucks are officially a new team, but de facto a successor team of the Bamberg Bears, the first football team in Upper Franconia.

The renaming of the team two years ago is also losing some of the tradition that head coach Alexander Scarabello, with his 30 years of football experience, regrets, although he is always happy to see new teams emerge and meet. Skylabello also notes that the Jokers In all the years in which he already leads the team as head coach, have not lost a first-round match. Of course, he wants to continue this series and win the game against Bamberg.

Not only because every game in American football has a special importance because of the low number of games, but also because a defeat in the first game could put additional pressure on the team and ease the euphoria over the rest of the season. See the Jokers The game as a kind of “Upper Franconian Derby”, they want to defend their status as the best American Football Team Upper Franconia and leave the Bamberg behind. To achieve this Scarabello has been busy in recent weeks intensively with the Bucks, he spent many evenings with video analysis of the opponents, in order to be able to adjust optimally to their style of play.

The Jokers look back on a series of wins against the Bamberg Bears, now Bucks, back in the national league, this series is not to interrupt. The Bamberg Bucks were last year as Bamberg Bears runner-up in the national league and are thus the promoted of this year’s Bayernliga Nord, Scarabello knows that the game is of regional importance and its outcome is somewhat predictive of the course of the rest of the season. He is eager and “hot” on the game, despite bad weather forecast, he hopes to be in the advantage with the yard Jokers and puts everything on the win.

From Theresa Scarabello


Hof Jokers on the road internationally

„Why not ?! “- thought the American Footballer Hof Jokers of the PTSV court when they discovered the invitation of the Icelandic football team” Einherjar “to an international football game in Reykjavík on the Internet. A few weeks later, the Jokers are back on their journey home from Iceland and let them review.

In the early Friday morning hours of 01 March, the team made their way to Berlin to fly from the airport Schönefeld to Reykjavík, each player excited and eager for the coming days. After a four-hour flight, the team was taken to their accommodation by a shuttle bus organized by the Icelanders, a small school next to the sports hall where Einherjar conducts their training sessions and games ….

From Theresa Scarabello

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Department Meeting

When? Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 19: 00
Where? El Gusto – Cafe & Tapas Maxplatz 5, 95111 Rehau

All members of the American Football Department are of course invited to the departmental meeting. The teammate afterwards takes place in the circle of seniors. At El Gusto, there will be a buffet for us. Price per person / meal is 10 euros. Please register for food planning.


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