« on: April 23, 2013, 11:19:02 AM »
Everyone has their own particular way of being involved and not everyone can be a "work day" sort of volunteer. What may seem like a relatively simple act to some may not be to another. Time issues, physical limitations, anxieties about what is involved. Some people do a little. Some do a lot. Some do things that others can't. I know I can't do what Timko or Jack can do with the paperwork and number crunching; or what Utz does with the website. For some people, a work day getting dirty might be more palatable - and I respect that, but it's not for everyone. I think a lot of frustration comes from the fact that not enough people want to do the dirty work. But not everyone wants to do the number crunching either. Not everyone wants to go to a city board meeting.
But let's keep this on the manual labor side of things.
So how do you motivate someone to want to take their free time and go out and work? This is generally a time they set aside for playing disc golf or do something else in their life. So you have to ask them to take their disc golfing "time" and head out to pick up trash, clear brush, etc. How do you get someone to leave the discs at home and come out and work instead? Obviously asking them does very little. Berating their lack of effort does even less. Of the hundreds of players in our area - most of whom who are not actively involved with the club outside of the occasional league, or a mild curiosity when they visit this site - how do you get ten of them to give back to the club they may not feel a part of? Most recreational players seem to think that the parks departments do the work. Disc golf volunteering is a labor of love and it's its own reward. But when a sport is designed as a quick-fix/self-rewarding/almost cost free diversion from the day; how do you convince the players to invest in the long term salvation of that view?
Most people love the sport as a pleasant diversion. When it becomes work, it won't be a pleasant diversion. Many people don't want to run the risk of losing that.
Maybe the club brass would be willing to discuss work hours on the courses in lieu of club dues. Perhaps that would motivate people.