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Captain: 727.465.3353

Coach: 727.420.2957

Match Secretary: 727.420.2957

5701 Lee Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL, 33703
United States

(727) 420-2957

Bay Area Pelican Rugby Football Club, St. Petersburg, FL is a sports club for men over the age of 18.  Members come from Clearwater, Tampa, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Pinellas County.  We play games in St. Pete and travel the State of Florida.  We play year round.


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Training Information Season: 15 a-side
Puryear Park

5701 Lee St NE
St Petersburg, FL 33703

Tues - 6:30pm
Thurs - 6:30pm
(Check our Facebook page for the absolute latest plans.)


Before you can take the field, or even participate in practice, for Bay Area Pelican RFC, you MUST register (aka "CIPP") with USA Rugby at

2014 -15 CIPPs are available now!


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Schedule update:

As of December 14, 2014:

Practice resumes Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30pm at Puryear Park.

We are actively pushing to fill up January with matches, so stay tuned:

Jan 10: Possible match at Ft. Lauderdale “B” (friendly)
Jan 17: Possible match vs. Tampa Krewe, or at Orlando “B” (friendly)
Jan 24: CONFIRMED match @ USF/Tampa Jan, 24 (friendly)
Jan 31: Possible match vs. Krewe (friendly)


Feb 7 vs. Indian River /Home (@ Puryear)
Feb 21 -22 @ Ft. Lauderdale Ruggerfest Tournament (vs Gasparilla)
Feb 28 vs. Sarasota /Home (@ Puryear)

Mar 7 @ Daytona
Mar 14 -15 @ Savannah St. Patrick's Day Tournament
Mar 21 @ West Palm Beach
Mar 28 vs. Tallahassee /home (@ Puryear)

Next match, November 8 vs. Brevard.

The remaining D3 2014-15 match schedule is as follows:

November 8 vs. Brevard /home (@ Puryear Park)
November 15   @ Eckerd friendly (@ Coquina Key)
December 6 @ Krewe D3
February 7 vs. Indian River /Home (@ Puryear)
February 28 vs. Sarasota /Home (@ Puryear)
March 7 @ Daytona
March 21 @ West Palm Beach
March 28 vs. Tallahassee /home (@ Puryear)

Practices are Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm Sept. 2 at Puryear Park , 5701 Lee Street N, St. Petersburg, FL, 33703.

Pelican Rugby Bi-Monthly Social

The next social is Wednesday, October 22 starting ~5:30pm at Copperhead's Taphouse (670 Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL.)

We will honor original Pelican and founder Jack "Mongo" Buttery.  Mongo joins the elite group of previous honorees Denny Mac and Craig Chalmers.

We will hear how Mongo started playing fullback for a Northern CAL team in the early 60s, back when tries were worth 4 points (or was it 3?) & the next 50 years were a blur, but we will help him piece it together even if there are some embellishments.
— at Copperheads Taphouse.

October 11, 2014


 10550 Regents Park Drive,

Tampa, Florida 33647

Shotgun scramble starts promptly: 8:00 AM

 Tournament Features:

Golf with real Pelicans!

Longest drive competition

Closest to the hole... or green (as it tends to be)



Schedule for the Day

7:00 am Registration, allocation of starting tees & golf carts

7:00 practice range?  Practice ranges are for wusses!  

7:45 am all players to be on carts for tournament briefing, rules, and drive to starting tees

8:00 am Shotgun start on all 18 holes - 4 ball scramble format

1:30 pm Awards and Barbeque Lunch at the clubhouse.


September 19, 2014

Due to persistent rain this week, Pelican Rugby's September 20 "friendly" vs. Krewe has moved to Coquina Key Park. (3595 Locust St SE, St Petersburg, FL 33705)   We will return to Puryear for practices & matches next week.

September 12, 2014

Pelican Rugby will be at Puryear Park for the entire 2014-15 season.  This applies for Tuesday & Thursday practices 6:30 -9:00pm & Saturday matches kicking off at 2:00pm.

After-match socials are up for negotiation.  Ker's Winghouse is big enough & close but utterly indifferent to our business. The Sloppy Pelican's parking is sloppy & space is tight.  This might lead us back to MacDinton's even though we were not pleased with our treatment last year.  Anybody with a strong opinion is advised to express it quickly...

August 28, 2014


2014-15 practice starts 6:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Sawgrass Elementary School (1815 77th Ave N; St. Pete, FL 33702)

This season will be the next step in rebuilding Pelican Rugby.  You know, the one where we start kicking some butts.  We have fields reserved, we have four coaches ready for structure & instruction.  Players will receive a kit of Pelican gear with their fully-paid dues.  So far we have 10 games on the schedule with 6 of them home or in Tampa.

HOWEVER, You will not be able to set foot on the field until you register with USA Rugby & pay your $78 CIPP at:

A liability waver is embedded in the process but we need you to sign a paper copy, so either bring one or be prepared to stop & sign before practice.

Last but not least, you need to pay your dues.  Fortunately, you can pay them on this very website at:

No excuses, no trial period, no exceptions.

August 15, 2014

Starting today, you can renew your 2014 -15 USA RFU CIPP ($78) and pay your Pelican RFC dues ($150).  You will not be able to play without paying you CIPP & accounting for your dues.
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The formal D3 2014-15 match schedule has been released.  Coach Dash will fill this out with some friendlies, but this is what I have confirmed today:
October 18 @ Gainesville
November 8 vs. Brevard /home
November 15  --bye
December 6 @ Krewe D3
February 7 vs. Indian River /Home
February 28 vs. Sarasota /Home
March 7 @ Daytona
March 21 @ West Palm Beach
March 28 vs. Tallahassee /home

Practice starts Tuesday, 7:00pm Sept. 2 at Sawgrass Elementary.  Those in the know are already training hard to be ready for the first kick-off.