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Robert Haskins <[log in to unmask]>
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Robert Haskins <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:30:48 -0500
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Speaking as a volunteer referee at states for the past two years, a
personal thanks from the kids at a tournament directly to me means
*much* more than a blanket email to this list from a coach. :-)

And on the topic of interruptions, it's more than the 10 seconds, it
is also the "context switch" time that these emails take. So, for some
people (like me), a thank-you email can cost me more like 5 minutes of
time, once you figure in the "context switch" (interruption) time.

Also everyone, please trim your email/posts!!!

On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM, Mandy Wilson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I understand that right before a tournament you have 20 hours worth of work
> still to do and 3 hours to do it all so you are trying to be efficient with
> your time and prioritize those things that are important to youÖ and you are
> stressed about the lack of time.† Been there.† But Iím sure all of the
> volunteers who put countless hours into this had something else pressing in
> their lives too and yet they were still there for us.† So if it takes some
> people 10 seconds to sort out that unwanted email in order to help pay back
> volunteers for hours of their time, thatís ok with me.† Or just set your
> filter to take all email with thanks in the body to put in junk if that 10
> sec per email is really that important to you.† But letís not stop giving
> thanks.† At the end of the tournament, regardless of your results, I do hope
> your team takes the time out of their busy schedules to stop and give thanks
> to you.

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