I know there appears to be a rule against using any sort of wireless communications but I was hoping to get some clarification on this. Is the official rule that No wireless networks are allowed within the area around the competition including the stands used by folks to watch the matches?
We have a group of folks scouting matches and want to be able to share information as they enter it by connecting laptops wirelessly to each other. I know for a fact that at most of the competitions taking place in schools that the schools do not disable their own wireless networks as they can be seen by any wireless capable device, but we certainly don’t want to violate any rules surrounding its use.
Is the issue the specific channels in use? Would restricting communication to the 5 GHz range work?
I know at worlds last year they were very strict upon the no-wifi rule, hotspots weren’t allowed either. They regularly checked for networks. My team got around the rule by having all of our laptops hooked up through an Ethernet switch which allowed us to share files across the computers and then we would run a usb to a master computer in the pit that had all the info on it for scouting and what not.