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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 2017

Tuesdays 6:30pm @Puryear Park, 5701 Lee St NE
St Petersburg, FL 33703

Thursdays, 6:30pm @BonAire Resort, 4350 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Until September 1, 2017, all events described here are unofficial activities.  (In other words, participate at your own risk.)

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

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July 18, 2017

Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 22, 4:00pm.

Address:  10720 Park Blvd N, Seminole, FL 33772

All current and former players, coaches & supporters are welcome to attend to hear a brief review of the 2016 -17 season.

Dues paying-members and -social members will then nominate & vote on a new Board of Directors.  (Dues will be happily accepted before, & even during, the meeting.)  If you paid dues but cannot attend, please e-mail or otherwise provide your proxy in writing to give someone who will attend.

Comments and plans from the new President plus comments from the new Head Coach will follow.

July 4, 2017

There seems to be some difficulty with the 2017 Gulf Coast 7s Tournament on Saturday July 8.

Thereis a link on our 7s tournament page:

Let me know if this does not cooperate? ---Kevin

July 8, 2017

2017 GulfCoast 7s Florida Qualifier

Jointly hosted by Pelican Rugby & Krewe Rugby

As in prior years, the tournament will be at the Lakewood Sports Complex, IN ST.PETE!!

see the event page on this website for more details.

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Summer /early-Fall, 2017 events

May 18 --coaching 10- & 11-year-olds, & their coaches, on touch rugby at eleven St. Pete Parks rec centers

June 1 -9- individual rec center coaching sessions (volunteers needed)

June 16 –Summer Olympics –all-day touch rugby tournament (volunteers needed)

July 8 –GulfCoast 7’s Qualifier tournament at Lakewood Sports Complex (need help on July 7 to line & set up fields)

August 5 –Beerfoot tournament, Ft. Myers

August 16 (tentative)--revised Pelican RFC AGM schedule

August /September --15s training resumes

September, 2017 –annual golf tournament

September /October --15s schedule starts

October, 2017 –2nd annual Brewfest

November 4, 2017 –40th Anniversary banquet


2016 St. Pete Parks/Pelican Rugby--Summer Olympics

Hello Pelican Rugby members, staff & rugby supporters in general.

Pelican Rugby is excited to partner with St. Pete Parks department to host 2016 Olympics Touch Rugby. 

Please open & read the attached spec info provided to the city, courtesy of Dave Hedges. PLEASE ALSO OPEN & READ the .pdf attachment which describes the touch rules in effect for this competition.  (Please do not be “that guy” & assume you know what it says –or ask me for a copy on the day you volunteered because you forgot…)

The participants will be 10- & 11-year-old, underprivileged boys and girls from ten of St. Pete’s Recreation Centers.  We will train the trainers (May 18m 7:30pm) & then at each rec center and, I hope(!!!), have three to five ruggers at each of the individual rec center training sessions (see below for dates & times).

At long last here is the schedule.  Nick Celli has agreed to pitch in, so please reply to Nick & I with which sessions you can cover.  If you can only cover part of the day on the June 16, that’s fine, just let us know now which part(s) of the day?


Attire for volunteers is just rugby gear.  If you can wear a full kit, that might be a nice touch for all the newbies –but please leave your beloved but old, torn or faded gear behind.

Here is the schedule:

A)       Thursday, May18, 2:00pm-- touch rugby, train the trainers 1400 19th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

–please confirm 7:30pm, hopefully an hour but maybe less

B)      For ten (10) rec centers, the schedules are:

·         Fossil Park – Thursday, June 1st – 930 am – 11 am

·         Roberts – Friday, June 2nd – 930 am – 11 am

·         Walter Fuller – Monday, June 5th – 10 am – 1130 am

·         Gladden – Tuesday, June 6th – 10 am – 1130 am

·         Lake Vista – Tuesday, June 6th – 10 am – 1130 am

·         JW Cate – Wednesday, June 7th – 10 am – 1130 am

·         Campbell Park – Thursday, June 8th – 10 am – 1130 am

·         Frank Pierce – Friday, June 9th – 930 am – 11 am

·         Shore Acres – Friday, June 9th – 1pm – 230pm

·         Thomas Jet Jackson (Wildwood) – Friday, June 9th -  130 pm – 3 pm

C)      Then the big tournament, Friday, June 16, 10-minutes halves, 5-minute halftime (also located at 1400 19th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713)

·         9:30am 2x games

·         10:00 –2x games

·         10:30 –2x games (starting here, game times depend on prior games being completed)

·         12N –semi-finals (2x games)

·         1:30pm –finals


The goals is to expose and then inject the love-of-rugby virus into as many kids as we can throughout this process.   As a representative of the game, you can influence how dozens, even hundreds, of kids & adults “see” rugby.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions or express concerns?


Kevin Murtaugh, President Pelican Rugby

COMPLETE 2016 -17 MATCH Schedule

Jan 3--practice resumes

Jan 14 --Game 1 --vs Brevard 3:00pm kick-off --at Orlando Fairgrounds

Jan 21 – Game 2 – Pelicans @ Palm Beach

Jan 28 --open

Feb 4 – Game 3 - Daytona @ Pelicans

Feb 11 -open

Feb 18 - Game 4 - Indian River @ Pelicans

Feb 25 - FTL Ruggerfest Weekend - Fort Laurderdale

Mar 4 – Game 5 - Tallahassee @ Pelicans

Mar 11 - Savannah Tournament - Savannah, GA

Mar 18 - Game 6 - Pelicans @ Gainesville

Mar 25 - Game 7 - Sarasota @ Pelicans

April 8 - Semi-Final Weekend - 4th @ 1st / 3rd @ 2nd

April 22 - State Championship Weekend - Wellington


July 28, 2016:

Saturday, July 30 is Family Day at Ft. Desoto Park. (All Day Event, earliest arrivals will be ~6:00am.)

Wednesday, August 3, 5:30pm Bi-Monthly Olde Boy Social at Sea Dawg Brewery on US19 in Countryside.  Honoree will be George Labanca.

Tuesday, August 16, 6:30pm First 2016 -16 Player Meeting ---negotiations for the location are underway.  (Current front-runners are The Rowdies Den & MacDinton's /St. Pete.)

July 12, 2016:

It's the middle of summer, so it's now sponsor season.  Pelican Rugby offers a wide variety of sponsorship options with a range of perks and benefits.  For more information, hit the envelope icon at the top of this page & ask for Kevin.

July 2, 2016: 

F0r the rest of the summer, Tuesday practices will be at North Shore Park (901 North Shore Dr NE, St Pete.).

Thursdays are still "on the sand' behind the Undertow Beach Bar (3850 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete)

Looking ahead, first team meeting for 2016 -17 season looks like August 16.

"Like" Pelican Rugby on Facebook to keep up with future updates.

May 6, 2016

May 14 – Sunshine State 7s – Brian Piccolo Park – Broward
May 21 – Gulf Coast 7s – Lakewood Soccer Complex – St. Petersburg
June 4 – Surfin 7’s - Pine Trails Park - Parkland
June 18 – Fiji 7s –Miramar Regional Park - Miami -- Qualifying Tournament - Men & Women Only
June 25 – Todd Miller 7s – National Training Center - Clermont -- Qualifying Tournament - Men & Women Only
July 9 – Invasion 7s– Premier Sports Campus - Lakewood Ranch -- Qualifying Tournament - Men & Women Only
July 23 – Souths - Hosted by Carolinas - Men & Women Only
Aug 6 – Beerfoot – Ft Myers