I am not on the Clean Run list...and probably that is OK, sounds like there has been a firestorm going on...I am not into fires...but...volunteering is apparently the hot topic of the week :)
I think volunteers are an important part of agility...without them, the trials won't happen. We are all running dogs, we all should pitch in if we can. That's how I feel.
I don't hold negative thoughts;/voodoo dolls/evil spells against those that don't volunteer. I don't know anyone else's reason for their yes or no answer to volunteering...personally, I just don't care. If you can, great, if you can't, that's great too. Whatever. Not really interested in wasting energy on that facet of life :)
I run 3 dogs, so I'll say I don't volunteer as much as I COULD, but I try. Normally I am one of the ones that helps unload and set up the site the night before the trial, it's needed, we work, tada! I'll jump in here and there and bar tend, or leash run or whatever...during the trial days.
I don't sign up for volunteering on the entry forms, I did that....TWO TIMES...BOTH TIMES I ended up working every, single class I wasn't running my 3 dogs in...not cool. I don't mind helping, but breaks are nice!!!
As long as things are organized, the coordinators are nice and things go smoothly I am good to go in regards to volunteering. Mass chaos, bitchy people, probably won't be getting me as a volunteer again. I have witnessed volunteers getting YELLED at...really?!?!? Not a great idea.
Are there times I choose not to volunteer--yes. If I am sick, no way. When I am running a baby dog in another ring with my older dogs...I will cut back. I try to get some down time if at all possible as I have other dogs that need care besides just the trial dogs. They need to be taken out, walked, pottied etc as well. Time needs to be allowed for that.
I make a point, at minimum, twice a year, to just go to a trial in a venue I don't run in, and volunteer in the ring...timing, whatever. I am a horrible scribe, I don't watch the judge...ugh...but anything else I am game for. I do this to give back. I don't like the idea of being so overwhelmed with trial duties and running dogs that my dogs don't get 100% of me in that ring...so I will do this so I can really focus on volunteering. And I get to see my students running in another venue :) It's a good thing!
I would say the things I find that are perks: Lunch is always good...vouchers are useful. But above all, just having those in charge be organized and NICE to me is worth a lot. And also understanding if something comes up. I realize coordinating all the help can be stressful, but please don't take it out on those that are trying to make things go faster!
If everyone could pitch in just a little bit...I think that would be great...so set a bar, straighten the chute...even just once. It makes a big difference.