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. -- Haskins Family Farm Middletown, VA blog: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Middletown-VA/Haskins-Family-Farm/114984971161 web site: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M20435 -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to subscribe.