I was standing between courts yesterday, 30D and 85 in hand, waiting for play to resume, and a guy walks by, does a double take on the camera, and hollers "Is that the 85"... When I reply Yes, he comes back, High Fives me, says "Glad to see someone here knows what they're doing". We commiserated a few moments over the parent with kits lens and PSs trying to shoot in the dark, dealing with color cycling lights, and the joys of the 85. Found out later he's a coach for one of the top clubs in the area. (Are you on here somewhere?)
Out of 16 courts of volleyball, 3-4 teams to a court, I was the only person I saw with a fixed lens, but I know there was one other woman there (who inspired me to get my 85) later in the day.
One of my parents came up with an advanced PS came up and asked for help, and I couldn't push it above 1/200 at f2.7 (wide open) at ISO 1600. Gotta give her credit though, she skipped the tourney the day before to take a beginning photo class. Next tourney, I'll grease the slope by letting her play with my camera.....(insert evil laugh here)
Got lots of Nyah pictures again, busy backgrounds, OOF, the usual. But that one interaction made the pain a lot less, knowing very few people probably had any better luck.