Questions were raised at the Saturday workshop about replacements for control box components. The G & K Committee encourages teams to check with an OCCRA official before the purchase/replacement is made, but replacements are allowed IF the part is less than $100 (so you can’t change the Cortex!) AND the replacement is functionally about the same as what is being replaced AND the replacement part is readily available to all teams AND the replacement part does not give a significant competitive advantage to the team (as compared to teams using the kit of parts components.) So, the team that asked about using a different positive distribution block IS allowed to use it since it meets all of the criteria listed above.
The bottom line: we want to keep the playing field as level as possible!