D&D Encounters Character Creation Crisis!

I have a character creation question for D&D Encounters tonight.

I like to have the players create their characters "old school" by rolling 4d6 and dropping the lowest when determining their ability scores--this makes week zero a fun community building experience.

One of the other DM's thinks we HAVE to use the array systems or some variant from the PHB--according to page 3 of the Adventure League Players guide.

Can we get a ruling on this please? I have also taken the issue to Twitter.

Ensure that we can roll our characters
If you see magic items of very high rarity or strange arrays of
ability scores, you can ask a player to provide documentation
for the irregularities. pg.3
Looks like we are good. But the Adventure League Players Guide has:
Determine Ability Scores
You can generate your character’s ability scores using
one of the following methods:
• Standard set (15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8)
• Customizing ability scores variant (Player’s
Handbook chapter 1)
After assigning ability scores, apply your racial benefits
to derive your starting ability score

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Page Number: 3
Book Name: Hoard of the Dragon Queen
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