This is the “Gum Game”
The object is to have 2 or 3 people hold on to the “gumball” while a group of people try to pull them off of it. The group stuck to the “gum ball” have a couple, or several “blockers” that try to keep the bad guys away. Once you get pulled off the gumball you help keep the bad guys away. The game is over when the ball gets taken away from the last holder.