I don't like the idea of compensating volunteers because of the aforementioned contradiction of paying volunteers. However, having run numerous events, I can tell you what hard work it is and how hard it is to find people to step up and help. I, for one, got completely burned out and don't really have a desire to run events again - I wasn't very good at it and allowed myself to get very frustrated with the people that complained about the event I sacrificed my free time to run.
To address the suggestion about having "the complainers" run events, you have a better time getting water to run uphill. The people are typically the "pros" and they usually complain about the payout, or lack there of. Truth is, even if you put all entry fees into the payout, they'll still complain.
In my opinion, the compensation scale should look something like this for RCF events
Run a local RCF Event
- Club provides lunch and a voucher for 1 disc of their choice, or entry into another RCF event
Run a Sanctioned (C or B-Tier) Event
- Club provides lunch and a voucher for 2 discs or entry into 2 RCF events
Run an A-Tier Event
- Club provides lunch, a players pack and voucher for entry into an RCF event
* If the club chooses to print tournament stamp discs for any event, the TD/ volunteers should get one of those as well. Or, at very least get it for club cost.
Time to get serious about having fun