Whether it is basketball or wrestling, the Ida Crown Jewish Academy Aces are known locally and nationally as formidable competitors. And at national sports tournaments, parents, teachers and students travel far distances to support our men and women athletes. In 2012, two varsity athletic teams, the wrestlers and the varsity girls’ basketball team, became Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Regional Champions in the same week. This is the first time in the school’s history that any team won the regional championship game and likely the first time that any Jewish day school took that title twice in the same season. Later in that same year, the wrestlers won the YU Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational for the 8th time, scoring more points than any team had ever scored in tournament history.

We currently offer many interscholastic athletic teams, including: boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ soccer, boys’ baseball, wrestling, girls’ and boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams, boys’ fencing, boys’ softball and tennis. For more information contact Mark Wax, athletic director at mwax@icja.org or (224) 436-2255.

Click here for directions to away games.

Athletic Department Programs

In order to participate, you will need to complete the following forms. No student/athlete may participate in an open gym, tryout, or practice in any sport until the athletic office is in receipt of the completed Permit Card, the signed IHSA sports medicine consent, the participation form and the registration form.

Athletic Manual 2017-2018   Please read and check acknowledgement boxes below.

Athletic Manual Confirmation Form

Athletic Permit Card  This Permit Card is a matter of safety and must be signed by a doctor, guardian and student.

IHSA Sports Medicine Consent & Acknowledgement

ICJA Athletic Registration Form

Sport                             Starting & Open Gym Dates          Tryout Dates

Cross Country                                          Aug 9, 2017                                 Aug 9 – 21, 2017

Girls Basketball                                       Oct 15, 2017                                Oct 29, 31 & Nov 2, 2017

Boys Basketball                                        Oct 15, 2017                               Nov 5, 6 & 8, 2017

Wrestling                                                  Oct 15, 2017                               Nov 5, 7 & 9, 2017

Fencing                                                     Oct 15, 2017                               Nov 5, 2017


Baseball                                                   Feb 11, 2018                               Feb. 25, 26 & 27, 2018

Soccer                                                      Feb 11, 2018                               Feb. 25, 26 & 27, 2018


Check the calendar for athletic schedules or click here to find a list of addresses and directions to away games.