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    Ultimately, it is up to the event organiser to determine wherever or not your weapon is safe for the arena it is being ran in. Telling them about your robot, especially when new to the scene (i.e. a new build) will help determine wherever it is safe for your robot to compete. In this context, photos of the way it is attached and the expected stats via a e-mail conversation or similar, as you've laid out, will help.

    The tech check process, at the event itself, will also help determine if it is safe to run (noting that pre-approval doesn't override this - all robots have to pass tech check). Not at the same weight class but at the Antweight event I run, I have spinners demonstrate safe control in the arena during tech check itself. From memory, I think the last time I went to the BW Championship in 2019, I think the same thing happened there too.
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    I have queried that rule in the past as I found it confusing considering full combat arenas should be able to hold all types of spinner, and most spinners would likely exceed both the 20% and the 500rpm points on a regular basis. If I remember rightly, the response I received was that these stipulations only applied to Grade 3 arenas and below (aka, arenas that are not designed to hold robots with spinning weapons), so if building for a full combat event you'll be fine; I think it's more to regulate something like 360 degree electric lifters. However as you are new builders, pics and specs sent to the EO won't go astray.

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