I coach basketball for girls ages 8-10 at my old grade school. Our season is going very well so far (4-1; first place), but I'm having trouble with one player. This girl has a major hygiene problem, and the other girls are starting to make jokes about it behind her back. (it doesn't help that she's mean to them as welll). I try my best to tell the team as a whole not to make fun of one another, because I don't want to just come out and say, "Stop making jokes about so and so," because that would only draw more attention to the problem. Plus, I realize how this sort of thing can be funny from the perspective of girls their age. My biggest problem is I'm now concerned about how healthy this is. Last week, I attended an ice-cream party at school, on Tuesday, where this girl somehow got chocolate syrup in her hair. At the game on Saturday, it was still there. Its pretty safe to assume that she hadn't had a shower from Tuesday to Saturday.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to handle a situation like this. My sister (one of the girls on the team) has already threatened to call the girls parents and tell them she stinks, but I really don't want her doing that. It probably is a good idea to notify her parents, but how do I do that? I don't want to offend them or make this girl feel worse than she already does. Is there a good way to go about this?