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.

Athletic Department Programs

Fall SportsWinter SportsSpring Sports
Boys Cross CountryBoys BasketballBoys Baseball
Girls Cross CountryGirls BasketballGirls Soccer
Boys Fencing
Girls Fencing

In order to participate, you will need to complete the Permit Card and the IHSA Sports Medicine Consent and Acknowledgement. Participation and Registration forms must also be completed for any sports team which you join.

Athletic Permit Card

All athletes must have an Athletic Permit Card on file in the athletic office. This Permit Card is a matter of safety and must be signed by a doctor, guardian and student. 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.


Sport                             Starting & Open Gym Dates          Tryout Dates

Baseball                                  February 12, 2017                                                Feb. 26, 27 & March 1, 2017

Boys Basketball                     October 16, 2016                                                  November 6, 7 & 9, 2016

Girls Basketball                     October 16, 2016                                                  October 30, Nov. 1 & 3, 2016

Cross Country                        August 10, 2016                                                   August 10, 2016

Fencing                                   October 16, 2016                                                  October 16, 2016

Soccer                                      February 12, 2017                                                Feb. 26, 27 & March 1, 2017

Wrestling                                October 16, 2016                                                  November 6, 8 & 10, 2016


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