Regarding Thomas Boswell’s Nov. 30 Sports column, “Tomlin and Kidd guilty of cheating, but wasn’t it sort of fun?”:

I have spent 15 years volunteering with a youth soccer program, where we teach kids to respect the “ROOTS” of the game, as developed by the Positive Coaching Alliance. This simple mnemonic for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self helps children learn that, while sport is fun, it is also important to honor the game.

Mike Tomlin’s and Jason Kidd’s actions showed disrespect for the ROOTS of their games. So did Mr. Boswell’s approval of these actions. I can just picture some knucklehead stepping out onto the soccer field to interrupt a child on a fast break and explaining it away with a Cheshire-cat grin.

Steven Haversack, Laurel

The writer is president of the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club.