@abby1kanobe - does allowing a team to download their TSL for mission possible from their cell phone and defending them saying there is nothing in the rule that requires them to have it on paper qualify as gross negligence? there is a state that will go unnamed just did that!
Hmm, that's kind of sticky. I will give my two cents on this, referencing the General Rules
General Rule 1 says that any action not explicitly prohibited in the rules is allowed, which is what the proctor was referencing when permitting that team to do so. However, General Rule 2 says that teams cannot get external assistance, meaning their phones must be off.
My commentary on this issue: Mission Possible does not require external assistance to operate the device, so it would be ludicrous if they were getting some. If the team was using their cell phone to communicate with, say, a coach, you would need to get proof that they were doing so if you wanted to challenge. However, if they were not doing so, the proctor was okay with it, and they did not have their phone out for the remainder of the event, then General Rule 1 would reign supreme and your appeal would fail. As I said, it would be pointless to get outside help on MP, so the proctor was likely okay with them having their phones.
As was said earlier, there may not be much for you to do at this point because, given that it's Wednesday, your state's appeal window has likely closed by now, and the national committee getting involved is unheard of, you can't appeal. Even if you finagled your way through and tried to appeal now, the incident would very likely be considered fait accompli, especially if you do not have evidence.
It is unfortunate that a team did something you disagree with, but you're not likely to get anything out of protesting it.
Remember, we are proud of every team that participated and you are all winners.